An iconic character will be killed off in the highly anticipated Downton Abbey film sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, according to reports.
Death would be “so poignant” and fans of the Crawley family will no doubt fear for the aging character of Dame Maggie Smith, the Countess Dowager.
Emotional scenes written by series creator and screenwriter Julian Fellowes have already been filmed, with sources claiming they “really leave fans behind.”
Iconic Death: Iconic character to be killed in long-awaited Downton Abbey film sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, reports show
The Sun reports: “Those who saw the scenes said they were so emotional. “
A source added to the newspaper: “They will really leave the fans in the flood. It’s heartbreak at Highclere Castle and there won’t be a dry eye in the theaters.
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for writer Fellowes for comment alongside ITV and Focus Features.
The news comes a day after it was revealed that the 2019 Downton Abbey sequel will be titled A New Era.
Fans fears: Death would be ‘so poignant’ and fans of the Crawley family will no doubt fear for aging Lady Maggie Smith character, the Dowager Countess
Focus Features shared the news while showing a teaser for the upcoming film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, revealing that the entire cast will be returning.
The bosses also announced that the Crawley family and their servants will welcome several new arrivals to their stately home as Laura Haddock, Dominic West and Hugh Dancy have joined the cast.
The brief teaser featured the Crawley family and various staff preparing for a trip overseas, according to Deadline.
Jim Carter’s Mr Carson can be heard saying, “The British are coming”, with the footage also appearing to tease a marriage.
Coming Soon: The highly anticipated sequel to Downton Abbey’s film will be titled Downton Abbey: A New Era, it was announced on Wednesday
The main cast including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Charmichael are all expected to return.
New additions to the cast include Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West, although no details have been given for their characters.
Downton Abbey series creator Fellowes co-wrote the screenplay with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, under the direction of Simon Curtis.
Fellowes created the original series that aired on PBS, which ran for six seasons from 2010 to 2016.
Exciting: Focus Features shared the news while showing a teaser for the upcoming film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, revealing the entire cast will be returning to reprise their roles
New Face: Dominic West has also been announced to be joining the cast, although the nature of his role has yet to be revealed
Glamorous: White Lines star Laura Haddock also joined the cast of the period sequel
New faces: Hugh Dancy (left) and Nathalie Baye have also joined the film’s cast, though more details on their roles have yet to be revealed
The show followed the life of the Crawley family, owners of a vast English country estate in the early 20th century, and their servants.
Although some scenes are shot in studios and in different locations, the cast and crew spend much of their time at Highclere Castle, home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnavaron, whose family has lived there since 1679. .
The cast reunited for the 2019 movie Downton Abbey, which continued the story where the series left off.
The film saw beloved characters Robert (Hugh) and Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) say that they will be visited by the King and Queen and that the estate must prepare for the royal visit.
However, the family faces a number of setbacks and issues along the way, including an alleged assassination attempt.
The film was a surprise box office success, earning $ 96.8 million domestically and $ 237.8 million globally, on a budget of just $ 13 million.
Family: The show followed the life of the Crawley family, who owned a vast English country estate in the early 20th century, and their servants