When it comes to worlds colliding, we really cannot think of two worlds that are any more different from each other then “Downton Abbey” and the mind of J.J. Abrams. After all, period pieces are not the man’s forte. He is known instead as being the driving force behind hit television series such as “Lost” and “Alias,” and the director of the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness” as well as the upcoming “Star Wars” feature film over at Disney.
So what in the world is the man doing in the photo here? Apparently he’s just having a little bit of fun. This photo was posted to the Twitter of Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, and it clearly shows the director spending a little bit of time with Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) inside of where the servants prepare some of their meals for the likes of Robert, Cora, and their daughters.
In case you are wondering whether or not this means that Abrams had an opportunity to visit Highclere Castle, the downstairs portions of the show are shot at a studio rather than on location, as the kitchens at the castle are much more modern than they would be at the time of Edwardian England.
Abrams was in the UK in order to help support the launch of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which is starting to roll out internationally in preparation for a release stateside later this month. The question that we have to ask at the moment is pretty simple: How many actors do you think were trying to hand J.J. their resume while he was on the show’s set?
Do you hope that some of the actors from “Downton Abbey” will end up in a J.J. Abrams film like “Star Wars”? If you want to read some news about casting the show’s first-ever black character, be sure to head on over to the link here.
Photo: Twitter / Bad Robot