We've been aching for something to fill the Crawley family-shaped hole in our hearts, and we'll be getting our relief way sooner than expected: a Downton Abbey movie is in the works!
According to actor Jeremy Swift, who played the perpetually cranky butler Septimus Spratt in the critically-acclaimed hit period drama, the film could be made as early as this year. The script, however, has mysteriously disappeared from cast members' email inboxes. Oooooh.
"It's supposed to be happening–filming–this year, but it hasn't been locked down yet," Jeremy mused to ITV's Lorraine Kelly. "It's just [difficult] getting everybody in that same space and time... I think there's a huge appetite for it."
"There is a film script that we've all been sent but it disappeared in a Mission Impossible-style from our emails... With a little puff."
We're guessing the reason behind the vanishing act stems from the fact that Downton producer Carnival Films told BBC that there is nothing concrete to get excited about just yet. "There are still no firm plans about when a film might go into production," they said. "When the future plans are certain we will of course make an announcement at the relevant time."
We'll wait! For now, go on and marathon all six seasons of Downton—or catch Dan Stevens, who played the handsome, ill-fated Matthew Crawley on the show, as Prince Adam in Beauty and the Beast (it's still showing in cinemas!).