A "Downton Abbey" movie is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday.
Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said it hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the popular TV series.
"There's a movie in the works. It's been in the works for some time," Edelstein said in Singapore at a red-carpet event for "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition," which features the show's costumes.
"We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the [cast] together. … We're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year," Edelstein said.
"We have no idea if that's happening," said Sophie McShera, who played assistant cook Daisy Mason. "But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure." Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in the series, quipped: "Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know."
"Downton Abbey" concluded in 2015.
Daniel Day-Lewis retires
Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation and a three-time Oscar-winner, said that he's retiring from acting. The actor, 60, announced that he has shot his last film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread," due out in December. "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," his representative Leslee Dart said in a statement. "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." In the late 1990s, Day-Lewis famously apprenticed as a shoemaker in Florence, Italy — a period he called "semiretirement."
Farewell: Rapper Prodigy, a member of the hard-core New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42. The rapper's publicist said that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis." Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth. The exact cause of death was not clear, the representative said.
Solo crisis: The young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the "Star Wars" spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions. Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon. Lord and Miller had been filming the untitled project in London since January with stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. The supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.