New trailer finally reveals very exciting Downton Abbey film plot

A brand new trailer debuted at CinemaCon has revealed the plot of the upcoming Downton Abbey film - and it all sounds very exciting!

It was unveiled in the trailer that the film adaptation of the period drama will actually centre on a visit from the royal family - although of course, there'll be no Duchess of Cambridge, or Meghan Markle.

Set in 1927, the film will follow the much-loved Crawley family, who will receive some unexpected royal guests, which is set to put a strain on their servants, who are already low in numbers following the Great Depression and World War I.

The house is anticipating the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. And in preparation, the Crawley’s enlist their retired head butler Carson, played by Jim Carter, to help their current house staff. King George V and Queen Mary are of course the current Queen's grandparents - so we wonder if she'll be excited to see their character's appearance on screen?

The Queen

Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, also creates tension on the estate, but sharing that she is looking to leave Downton to embark on a new life.

However, her maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggartt) tells Lady Mary that she’s very much needed in the village - but can she change her mind?

“Downton Abbey is the heart of this community and you’re keeping it beating,” Anna says to Mary, in the trailer.

We also get a glimpse at the film’s amazing set designs and props, including antique grandfather clocks, ornate drawing rooms and other Edwardian delights.

The trailer isn’t available to the public just yet, but we anticipate it won’t be long till it hits our screens.

To tide you over, take a peek at the glamorous film posters, released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures only last week.

In two of the posters, the Crawley’s butlers polish glassware and cutlery, while another poster shows Lady Mary putting on a pair of drop earrings.

‘We’ve been expecting you,’ the posters’ tagline reads.

The Downton Abbey film is released on September 13 in the UK, and September 20 in the US. Stars including Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville will return to the movie.

Hands up who's excited to see it?

Isa Jaward

Isa Jaward is a journalist from London who has written for the likes of Time Out, The Guardian and Music Week.