Downton Abbey is reportedly heading to the big screen and with a major castmember already in place.
Smith, 81, who won an Emmy for her performance as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in the show, had previously been sceptical about the movie. Asked if she would appear in any film, Smith told Graham Norton: “I can’t – what age would she be? By the time we finished, she must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.”
The MailOnline is reporting that Maggie Smith has officially signed on for the film, as revealed by actor Michael Fox, who played Andy Parker on the series. "She elevates it to something else, because she is such a legend and a national treasure," Parker said, while attending the red carpet of BBC America's BAFTA Party in West Hollywood. "It becomes a different show and she puts a stamp on it of quality."
"She is one of those actors you look at, and say, 'How on earth does do they do it?'", he continued. "Everyone says Maggie gets the best lines - they are funny on the page, but she makes them exceptional - she is really special. The film without her would still be good with all the other actors, but it puts a stamp of quality with her in it."
It's believed filming for the movie will start next year.