‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ balances lush modernity with nostalgic charm

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4178_D054_01693-01700_RCC (l-r.) Harry Hadden-Paton stars as Bertie Pelham, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith and Allen Leech as Tom Branson in DOWNTON ABBEY: A New Era, a Focus Features release. Credit: Ben Blackall / ©2022 Focus Features LLC

For a franchise as established and cherished as “Downton Abbey,” the suggestion of a new era presents a myriad of daunting challenges — balancing an ensemble cast of fan favorites, integrating unfamiliar faces and evolving to modern demands.
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