According to new reports, Lily James won’t be coming back to reprise her role as Lady Rose MacClare for the Downtown Abbey movie. In a new interview with People Magazine, Lily said it would be “farfetched” to bring her character back on screen, considering she moved to New York.
While most would think her decision was partly due to her recent rise in the film business and the accompanying busyness, it has nothing to do with her chaotic schedule, and more to do with the plotline of the production.
However, she did admit that she would’ve loved to come back for a scene, but wouldn’t’ do so because the storyline needs to be focused one, and the inclusion of her character would throw the whole thing off balance.
As it was previously reported, studios confirmed that a Downtown Abbey movie is in production and the original cast would make it back on the set, but clearly, not all of the original characters are coming back.
Lily, born in 1989, kicked off her career in the television series, Just William, but her supporting role in the period drama, Downtown Abbey, which aired from 2012 until 2015, is where her star-power really began to shine.
And in 2015, she landed a role in the film, Cinderella. Since then, she has secured more and more prolific films, including Baby Driver as well as Darkest Hour. Lily played in the television series, War and Peace, as well.
Downtown Abbey takes place between the years of 1912 and 1926 and focuses on the Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.
Some of the biggest events in the film include the sinking of the Titanic and The First World War, as well as the Spanish influenza epidemic. The series received critical acclaim for its depiction of the aforementioned historical moments.