Elizabeth McGovern, an actress with a full and strong filmography on her belt, has given fans hope for another Downton Abbey film ahead of Downton Abbey: A New Era. Mostly known for playing Cora Crawley in both the series and film, McGovern has had roles in Ragtime, Kick-Ass, and The Chaperone.
McGovern appeared on Graham Norton’s radio show on January 15 and said, “I think the doors are always open,” when asked if the doors were closing on the Abbey, which leaves us thinking this upcoming film won’t be the last time we see the characters that many adore.
In Downton Abbey, McGovern plays Cora Crawley, a wealthy American inheritor who has taken on the British aristocrat lifestyle. Originally, Gillian Anderson was eyed up for the role of Crawley, but she ultimately turned it down.
Alongside promoting the new Downton Abbey film, that’s due for release in March this year, the award-winning actress has written and is due to star in the play AVA: in Secret Conversations, which focuses on actress Ava Gardner in the 1940s and ’80s. Ava becomes short on cash, and hires Peter Evans, a journalist, to write her biography. They eventually get a little too close, and Ava tells all about her past relationships, one of which is Frank Sinatra.
She went on to say: “This biographer comes in an effort to get the stories out of her and because she, herself, wants to explore these past relationships. She projects onto the biographer her past, and he becomes these men. He’s first introduced as the most uncharismatic guy you’ve ever met and then, because of the force of their mutual imaginations, he becomes three of the most charismatic people probably that have ever lived..”
Downton Abbey: A New Era will be released in cinemas on March 18th, 2022, and AVA: The Secret Conversations will premiere at the Riverside Theatre from January 18th until April 16th.
Check out the Downton Abbey trailer below.