The first trailer has been unveiled for The Chaperone.
Set in the 1920’s, the first ever ever feature film from Masterpiece on PBS has been adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
The Chaperone is directed by Michael Engler, who recently finished directing the upcoming Downton Abbey movie.
Joining the Downton reunion is American actress Elizabeth McGovern, best known as Lady Cora Grantham.
McGovern is a producer on the film as well. Having optioned the novel, she worked with Julian Fellowes to adapt the story.
The movie also stars Campbell Scott, Victoria Hill, Geza Rohrig, Miranda Otto, Robert Fairchild and Blythe Danner.
Laura Moriarty’s novel The Chaperone is available on Amazon.
The Chaperone will receive a limited cinema release on 29th March in Los Angeles and New York, before airing on Masterpiece on PBS at a later date.
Watch the trailer:
The official synopsis for The Chaperone reads: “Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomised the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams.
“When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone.
“Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.
“Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit?
“It’s a story full of surprises—about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.”
Also coming up in 2019, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has new ITV drama series Belgravia, the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie, Netflix drama series The English Game (exploring the origins of football in the late 1800s), NBC’s much-anticipated The Gilded Age series, an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel The Girl On The Landing,and Rothschild banking dynasty drama Five Arrows.
The Downton Abbey movie will be released in cinemas worldwide this September.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.