When "Downton Abbey" actor Rob James-Collier, who plays the underbutler Thomas, made the 6-minute film "" on his iPhone as part of a campaign to raise money for the Chilterns MS Centre, we had no idea how much fun it would be to see the cast in their British period drama costumes battle each other with lightsabers.
As a thank-you to fans who helped James-Collier raise over £15,000 (about $22,810, AU$32,540) for Chilterns MS Centre, he made a sequel -- "Downton Wars: Episode 2 - The Evil Butler Strikes Back."
The sequel, shot again entirely on an iPhone, features James-Collier along with fellow "Downton Abbey" cast members Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates), Johanne Frogatt (Anna Bates), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Sophia McShera (Daisy), Phyllis Logan (Elsie Hughes), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) and Dame Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham).
In the almost 17-minute sequel we discover that the year is 1920, and Mr. Bates' Jedi powers are beginning to fade as he enters the "Three Stages of Jedi Decline." The Sith Lord Thomas decides to put an end to Mr. Bates and the Jedi Order forever.
To be honest, the video is worth watching just to see Dame Maggie Smith wave around a lightsaber.
"Downton Wars: Episode 2 - The Evil Butler Strikes Back" has plenty of comedic moments, including a gluten-free diet joke from the kitchen staff and extremely clumsy lightsaber maneuvers from Mr. Bates, the poor chap.
The short film not only makes references to "Star Wars," but also "Taxi Driver," "The Warriors" and "Scooby-Doo."
Watch to see if Mr. Bates or Sith Lord Thomas wins, and if the Dowager Countess of Grantham is even more intimidating with a lightsaber.