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'Downton Abbey: A New Era' trailer explores Violet's 'mysterious past'

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'Downton Abbey: A New Era' trailer explores Violet's 'mysterious past'
Maggie Smith plays Violet Crawley in the "Downton Abbey" franchise. File Photo by Paul Treadway/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Focus Features is giving a glimpse of the new film Downton Abbey: A New Era.

The studio shared a trailer for the period drama Tuesday featuring Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

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The preview shows the Crawley family visit the French Riviera after Violet (Smith) inherits a villa from a man she once had a romance with before her son Robert (Hugh Bonneville), Earl of Grantham was born.

In addition, the Crawley family prepares to host a film crew, who are filming a movie at Downton.

Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nichol and Sophie McShera also star.

Downton Abbey: A New Era is based on the ITV series Downton Abbey, which had a six-season run from 2010 to 2015. The sequel film Downton Abbey was released in 2019.

Focus Features released a teaser trailer for A New Era in November.

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Downton Abbey: A New Era is written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Simon Curtis. The film opens in theaters May 20.

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