There IS a Downton Abbey film script in the works

Jennifer Read-Dominguez

From Digital Spy

Good news for fans of stiff upper lips and the Dowager's withering put-downs because a Downton Abbey movie definitely seems to be on the cards.

Appearing on Lorraine today (March 20), Jeremy Swift, who played the butler Spratt, said: "There is a film script which we've all been sent, but it disappeared in a Mission: Impossible stylee from our emails. With a little puff.

"It's supposed to be happening, filming, this year – but it hasn't been locked down yet."

He added: "It's just getting everybody in that same space and time. I think there is a huge appetite for it."

And Phyllis Logan, who played Mrs Hughes in the long-running ITV drama, recently said that the "will is definitely there" for a Downton Abbey movie.

"The will is definitely there with everybody involved," she told Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard.

"So, fingers crossed that we can make it all come about at some stage. And we'd love all to get back together again and have one last hurrah, we certainly would."

Phyllis, who is currently starring in The Good Karma Hospital, admitted that it's just hard to get everyone together.

"There's so many of us," she explained. "In normal film situations you might have a core cast of half a dozen or whatever.

"But this is a core cast of thousands it feels like at times. And so… herding cats?"

Photo credit: Nick Briggs / ITV

Last year, Lesley Nicol, who played loveable cook Mrs Patmore in the show, said: "The last I heard there were possible negotiations with [creator] Julian Fellowes.

"What I heard from Phyllis Logan was that maybe he was possibly writing a script, which is what we need to happen to go on with the conversation."

Photo credit: Nick Briggs / ITV

Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) also said she would definitely consider signing on if a Downton Abbey movie happened.

"I think there is potential for a film," she said. "That is something I would wholeheartedly consider, so we will see. It may not be over yet."

Photo credit: ITV

And Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) said she'd definitely be up for bringing Downton to the big screen, too.

Dan Stevens, who's currently starring in Beauty and the Beast, recently revealed that he's "still apologising" to fans for his Downton Abbey exit.

Downton Abbey ended after six series on Christmas Day 2015.

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