Third “Downton Abbey” Movie Will Star Paul Giamatti

Recent Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti has traded a stuffy New England prep school for even stuffier (and better appointed) Old England.

The Holdovers star is set to star in the third Downton Abbey movie, which will be written by the series creator Julian Fellowes, with Downton Abbey: A New Era director Simon Curtis returning to helm.

Giamatti is riding high after his stellar turn as embittered professor Paul Hunham in Alexander Payne’s recent film, which saw co-star Da’Vine Joy Randolph win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Giamatti was nominated for Best Actor, while the film itself was nominated for Best Picture, Kevin Tent for Best Editing, and David Hemingson for Best Original Screenplay.

Giamatti is reprising his role from the Downton Abbey series as Cora Grantham’s brother, Harold Levinson. The film will include newcomers Joely Richardson, Alessandro Nivola, Simon Russell Beale, and Arty Froushan. Fresh from his role as Prince Charles in The Crown, Dominic West returns to Downton as Guy Dexter, the role he played in A New Era.

The new film will see a slew of returning Abbey stars, including headliners Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Michelle Dockery. The returning cast also includes Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Robert James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Penelope Wilton, Lesley Nicol, Michael Fox, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sophie McShera, and Douglas Reith.

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Featured image: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 10: Paul Giamatti attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)


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