The first film still from The Railway Children Return was released on Thursday as the much-anticipated sequel wrapped up production.
The joyous image sees Jenny Agutter’s Bobbie Waterbury alongside co-star Sheridan Smith’s Annie, bounding through the Yorkshire countryside, flanked by a brand new generation of railway children.
Beau Gadsdon (Lily), Eden Hamilton (Pattie), Austin Haynes (Thomas), Zac Cudby (Ted) and KJ Aikens (Abe) make up the new group of children, who were all dressed in 1940s attire in the new still.
First look: The first film still from The Railway Children Return was released on Thursday as the much-anticipated sequel wrapped up production
Strolling through sun-drenched countryside, the characters sported enormous smiles on their faces. Two children rode on each other’s backs, with bright blue skies looming overhead.
Studiocanal shared the photograph on Twitter, alongside the caption: ‘That’s a wrap on The Railway Children Return!
‘To celebrate – here’s a first look image of @Sheridansmith1, Jenny Agutter and a new generation of railway children in the sequel to one of the most beloved British family films of all time.’
The Railway Children Return filming started taking place in Yorkshire in May – more than 50 years since the original movie was released in 1970.
Update: Studiocanal shared the photograph on Twitter, alongside the caption: ‘That’s a wrap on The Railway Children Return!’
The original film was based on the novel by E Nesbit, which tells the story of the three Waterbury children – Bobbie (Jenny Agutter), Phyllis (Sally Thomsett) and Peter (Gary Warren).
The children are set to be shipped off to live in the country at The Three Chimneys house beside a railway line, following their father’s arrest on spying charges.
The new sequel will see a group of children evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War II and there they come across a young soldier who similarly is far away from his home.
Return of The Railway Children! Filming for Return Of The Railway Children kicked off in Yorkshire in May – more than 50 years since the original movie was released in 1970 (pictured: the new cast)
Film: The original Waterbury children, played by Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren. Pictured in a 1970 film still
The Railway Children Return will feature key locations as first seen in the original, including the iconic Oakworth Station, The Bronte Parsonage and Haworth.
The rolling green hills of the Yorkshire countryside provided the perfect backdrop for a film which was widely lauded by critics and is seen as an iconic part of British cinema.
Call The Midwife star Jenny will reprise her role in The Railway Children sequel.
The actress, 68, was just 16 when she played Bobbie Waterbury in the 1968 BBC series, before going on to star in the 1970 film version at 18-years-old.
Back again: Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter, left, is set to reprise her role in The Railway Children sequel – over 50 years after starring in the original film, right in 1970
Original: Jenny (pictured right) played the eldest child Bobbie in a 1968 TV adaptation, reprising her role in the film version just two years later
Jenny will star in the rebooted version alongside Sheridan and Tom Courtenay.
The Railway Children Return is directed by BAFTA winner Morgan Matthews.
Matthews is known for films X+Y and Shooting Bigfoot, while Jemma Rodgers will produce the film for StudioCanal, which owns the rights to the original.
Meanwhile, Danny Brocklehurst, whose writing credits include Brassic and Shameless, has penned the screenplay.
The highly anticipated sequel is scheduled to hit UK cinemas on 1 April, 2022.
Cat: Sheridan Smith (left) and Tom Courtenay, 84, will appear in the new version of The Railway Children
Return: Jenny will star in the rebooted version, named The Railway Children Return, alongside Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay, with Sheridan excitedly tweeting about her new role on Thursday