Downton Abbey's highly anticipated sequel is finally coming to our screens in December 2021, but fans have been eager to know whether the follow-up will see the return of Lily James' character, Lady Rose MacClare. So will she be back for film number two? Find out here...
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Unfortunately, it looks like Lily has no plans to be reprising her role for the upcoming film, and has a very busy filming schedule with the upcoming film What's Love Got to Do with It and the new TV series Pam and Tommy, where she will play Pamela Anderson.
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She previously opened up to People about being absent from the first movie, explaining: "My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose."
Lily played Lady Rose MacClare in the popular series
The Yesterday actress continued: "I'm so excited for it — I’m going to be front row. I spoke to Laura [Carmichael] not long ago and was texting Michelle [Dockery] about Love Island and it's going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back."
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Although Lily won't be in the film, it was recently confirmed that her The Pursuit of Love co-star, Dominic West, has been cast in the upcoming project.
The official Twitter account announced the very exciting news in a tweet back in April that read: "We're thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining! See the film in theatres this Christmas."
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