Imelda Staunton Spills Beans on a 3rd and 'Final' “Downton Abbey” Movie: 'I Don't Care' If I'm in Trouble

The upcoming film will follow 2019's 'Downton Abbey' and 2022's 'Downton Abbey: A New Era,' which both starred Staunton as Lady Maud Bagshaw

<p>Liam Daniel/Focus Features/Kobal/Shutterstock </p> Laura Carmichael, Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith in <em>Downton Abbey</em> (2019)

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Laura Carmichael, Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (2019)

More Downton Abbey is on the way!

According to one of its stars, a third film is in the works from the historical-drama franchise, which is spun off of the TV series of the same name.

Actress Imelda Staunton spilled the beans to BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host Zoe Ball, when asked about reports that more would be coming.

"There will be the final film — there you go," said Staunton, 68, on the show Wednesday morning.

"Wow, that’s pretty huge. I hope we haven’t got you in trouble," joked Ball, to which the actress (who plays Lady Maud Bagshaw in the movies) quipped in response, "I don't care."

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<p>Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features</p> Imelda Staunton in <em>Downton Abbey</em> (2019)

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Imelda Staunton in Downton Abbey (2019)

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Set in the early 20th century, the Downton Abbey TV series takes place between 1912 and 1926, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in the U.K., as well as that of their servants. The show ran for six seasons, from 2010 to 2015.

The first Downton Abbey film picks up where the series left off, in 1927, while the sequel — Downton Abbey: A New Era — takes place directly after, in 1928.

PEOPLE celebrated the latter movie with a Downton Abbey special edition featuring exclusive cast and creator interviews, an oral history of the series and behind-the-scenes photos of the big-screen sequel, in which the time shift is seen in shorter hemlines, talking pictures and the family itself.

"What's lovely in the new film is that you see Mary and Edith much more settled and really matured as women, and their relationship has evolved," said Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary.

She added, "There are less jabs between the two of them. Maybe it's because they live apart — that's helpful!"

<p>Ben Blackall / Focus Features</p> <em>Downton Abbey: A New Era</em> (2022)

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Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

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Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) was among those enjoying the sun and two-week poolside pre-filming quarantine in France.

"We had a really fun time, especially with the crew — it was a real gift," she told PEOPLE. "I feel for the cast that didn't have that story line, because we had a wonderful time."

The films also feature Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, Maggie Smith, Laura Haddock, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Staunton's longtime husband Jim Carter, who plays head butler Mr. Carson.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Thursday.

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