"Downton Abbey 2" is officially in the works with an expected Christmas 2021 release. 

The announcement comes after Focus Features teamed up with Gareth Neame's Carnival Films to produce the film following the success of the first movie in 2019. The whole gang from the TV series is expected to make a return as well, including fan-favorites Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Imelda Staunton (Maud Bagshaw), and Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley).

“After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the much-beloved characters of ‘Downton Abbey,’” Neame said. 

The series' original creator, Julian Fellowes, is slated to write the second film’s screenplay while Simon Curtis, who directed “My Week With Marilyn,” will join the team to direct this time around, Deadline reported. 

The first “Downton Abbey” film, titled “Downton Abbey,” was released in 2019 and was based solely on the TV series that first aired in 2010 and ran for six seasons. It earned $96.8 million in North America and another $96.9 million worldwide at the box office during its run. The film followed the Crawley family’s royal visit from the King and Queen of England. 

While the plot for the second film remains under wraps, Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski has revealed that the movie will reunite the Downton family for the big-screen adventure.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans,” he explained of the project.

"Downton Abbey 2" will release on Dec. 22.

Downton Abbey movie sequel Two characters from "Downton Abbey" are pictured. Photo: Liam Daniel/Focus Features