Rumours of a big-screen outing have been circulating since before the much-loved period drama ended in 2015.
And Lily James added more fuel to the fire when she revealed she ‘hopes’ to be involved in the film during an interview on Wednesday’s Lorraine.
The 27-year-old actress admitted she was rooting for the rumoured movie to be confirmed as she’d like to reprise her role as Lady Rose Aldridge (MacClare).
Asked if she’d be returning anytime soon from New York to get to work on the hoped-for movie, Lily shied away from confirming anything.
‘I hope so,’ she replied when asked if she would turn her back on the Big Apple to film Downton in England, where the period drama was based and shot.
The talk of a movie came about when the stunning Wrath of the Titans star began reminiscing about her time on the set of the period drama.
Describing the cast as ‘family’ Lily explained how she and some of the other stars would sit around together chatting and joking when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Describing her time playing Lady Rose as ‘incredible’, the Cinderella actress admitted she missed her costume – in particular the accessories.
Describing how she had her own personal jewellery box set aside for her, the star recalled how members of the crew used to carefully prepare the dazzling gems and trinkets for her.
‘They used to lay out all this jewellery and make-up for me,’ recalled Lily, smiling at the thought.
Lily’s comments of the Downton movie come shortly her co-star Joanne Froggatt admitted the cast knew a script existed for it.
‘We’ve all heard this rumour – the cast – that the script has been written,’ the 36-year-old actress admitted last week on This Morning.
‘There’s a hard copy somewhere but none of us have seen it or know what’s in it. So we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that it all comes together.’
She added: ‘We’re all willing it to happen. I’d absolutely jump at the chance to star in it if I’m asked. I’ll squeeze it in.’
Viewers were thrown into mourning last Christmas when Downton came to a dramatic end following five years on screen, but creator Julian Fellowes has always shared his burning desire to turn the drama into a film one day.
Though the 67-year-old director hinted that he was waiting on vital cast members – believed to be Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery – to free up their schedules.
He said recently: ‘Let’s just say it’s not me slowing things down. The difficulty is rounding up the actors. One is in America making a new series, another is in a play.
‘My lips are sealed! It’s very unlikely there won’t be a film because there is an audience out there for it. I do hope there is going to be a Downton Abbey film.
‘It’s going to be fun once everything is sorted but we just need to restructure it.’
Source: Daily Mail