However, a few cast members (including Mamma Mia’s Lily James) have already confirmed they won’t be involved in the big-budget version of the story – and now it’s been revealed that Outlander and Eragon star Ed Speleers is one of them.
“I didn’t get the call, unfortunately,” Speleers said on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
“To be fair, I’m doing Rain Man so I wasn’t able to do it. I don’t think it would be right for my character to come back anyway.”
Speelers played footman James “Jimmy” Kent for three series of Downton Abbey, before leaving the show in the 2014 Christmas special (just before its final series the year after) – so it’s not exactly a big surprise that they didn’t bring him back for the movie. He hadn’t been in it for a while when it finished anyway!
Still, there’s no hard feelings, with Speleers adding that the series was an “amazing gig” for him “on both a personal and a professional level”.
“I never went to drama school,” he explained.
“I felt that that job was in many respects my drama school.”