FIRST TRAILER FOR DOWNTON ABBEY FILM DROPS: The Crawley family is coming back! The first trailer for the Downton Abbey film has dropped, picking up right where the aristocratic action left off in the acclaimed PBS series. The O.G. cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith, are returning. In the trailer, it seems the king and queen are coming to visit. The action opens with Lord Grantham (Bonneville) declaring, “No maid, no valet, no nanny even. It’s 1927, and we are modern folk.” The film will open on September 20th in the U.S.
THE ALIENEST SCRIBE DEVELOPING TELEVANGILISM DRAMA: The Alienist writer John Sayles is developing a limited series set in the world of televangelism, Deadline reports. Sayles, who was nominated for screenwriting Oscars for Passion Fish and Lone Star, is writing Electric Church, with Black Mirror director John Hillcoat set to helm. The film will follow the story of the rise of the Christian right, starting in the 1980s with Jim and Tammy Faye Baker and Jerry Falwell, and its intersection with politics today.
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR BOARDS HIGH FIDELITY: Kingsley Ben-Adir is joining the Hulu reboot High Fidelity as a recurring guest star. The reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel is set to star Zoe Kravitz, David Holmes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Jake Lacy.
NETFLIX BEGINS PRODUCTION ON UNORTHODOX: Netflix has officially started production on its Yiddish and English-language German series Unorthodox. Shooting is happening in Berlin, and the streamer is partnering with Deutschland 83 creator Anna Winger on the original four-part miniseries, which will be directed by Maria Schrader. The series is based on a novel by Deborah Feldman, which explores female emancipation and identity.