Though it's been the 1920s since Season 3 of Downton Abbey, the upcoming sequel film Downton Abbey: A New Era leans heavily into the decade in a way the previous installments of the franchise did not. And that's not a historically inaccurate decision. Like many eras with iconic styles, the 1920s look that people think of—the flapper, the bob, the long strands of pearls—didn't become mainstream until the end of the decade. Much like flower hippie children didn't arrive fully formed in 1961, and neon wasn't big until at least 1984, the 1920s (and their fashions) took their time to evolve. But with the new film, the style is hitting hard, and the show has never looked better.
It helps, of course, that half of the new Downton Abbey will be set in Southern France, a picturesque, sunshine-soaked getaway full of ocean views, sandy beaches, and luxurious European villas. The other half will take the show to an all-new level of meta by showing us the Crawleys renting out Downton Abbey itself to producers who want to use it as the primary setting of a drama. (Fans should expect many in-jokes stemming from Julian Fellowes' experience using the real-life Highclere Castle, which had reached uninhabitable conditions before Carnival Films and ITV came along in 2009.)
The series released the main poster and the trailer back in February, not long after the film was rescheduled to arrive in May from its former March berth. Now fans have two more fposters to add to the collection, one that celebrates both film locations and the other starring everyone's favorite pup, Isis. (Her name is a nod to the real Earl of Carnavon from the 1920s, who is responsible for uncovering King Tut's tomb, a feat that supported the castle's upkeep during this era.) By the way, for those wondering what the dog's real name is who plays Isis, it's Abbie. Go figure.
And here's the dual location poster, with the family looking very of the times.
The synopsis for the film has been updated a little to admit that fans now actually have an idea of the plot:
The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.
The cast includes the entire original lineup of Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Douglas Reith returning upstairs. Downstairs will feature Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Michael Fox, Robert James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, and Lesley Nicols. Imelda Staunton and Tuppence Middleton return from the first film, and Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West, and Jonathan Zaccaï join the cast.
Downton Abbey: A New Era arrives in theaters on Friday, May 20, 2022.