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'Downton Abbey 2' set for March 18 theatrical release

Left to right, Dowton Abbey stars Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Joanne Froggatt and Raquel Cassidy, winners of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Left to right, "Dowton Abbey" stars Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Joanne Froggatt and Raquel Cassidy, winners of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

July 3 (UPI) -- The next chapter of the beloved costume drama, Downton Abbey, is set for theatrical release next year.

Focus Features had been planning to open the movie on Dec. 22, but has since decided to re-schedule it for March 18.

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Production is expected to wrap next month.

Downton creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and My Week with Marilyn director Simon Curtis is helming it.

The Downton franchise is about a wealthy family and those who serve them at their English country estate.

It began as an ITV/PBS drama series in 2010, and ended its six-season run in 2015.

The show's original stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt returned for a big-screen follow-up in 2019 and are back now for the sequel.

Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West recently joined the ensemble.

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