Downton Abbey fans will be pleased to know that a second film is being made.

The news of the sequel was confirmed on Monday via the hit show's Twitter account.

Alongside a snap that resembled an invitation, complete with a sketch of the stately home that is Downton Abbey, the tweet said: "We're thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2."

More information came from the image attached, including when the film is expected to hit cinemas, which read: "Downton Abbey 2.

"The motion picture event returns in theatres Christmas 2021."

According to Deadline the movie will be released on December 22 2021.

The original cast including Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael are all expected to star in the movie.

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Downton Abbey 2 is in the works and will be released in December

Also joining the all-star line-up will be Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Nathalie Baye and Laura Haddock.

In March, the Mirror exclusively revealed that Downton Abbey 2 was planning to start production at Highclere Castle in Berkshire – which doubles for the Downton estate in Yorkshire - this summer.

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In March, the Mirror revealed that filming was starting for the sequel this summer
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The second film follows on from the first movie earning £152million on its release in 2019

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One source revealed: “Everyone is hoping the June 21 date for the end of the pandemic holds. The crew dates are being fixed and the team are going into prep for a summer shoot."

"The plan is to turn it around quickly and release the film as a festive treat in December," the source added.

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Last month Hugh, who plays Lord Grantham, said: “We are desperate to do it. It’s the sort of pleasurable release of a movie like the first one that audiences would enjoy after all of this mess we have been through.”

Jim Carter, who plays butler Branson, has said the script is “very funny” and has “got all the same characters in”.

The first movie, set in 1927, earned £152million on its release in 2019.

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