The Chaperone

Character: Norma
Year: -


Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohrig and Blythe Danner join Elizabeth McGovern as feature film shoot gets underway in NYC


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New York, NY; [date TD]— Haley Lu Richardson (Split, The Edge of Seventeen), Victoria Hill (December Boys, First Reformed), Campbell Scott (House of Cards, Damages), Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul) and Blythe Danner (Gypsy, Madoff) have been cast alongside Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern in the 1920’s period drama The Chaperone adapted for the big screen by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and directed by multiple Emmy® and DGA-nominated Michael Engler. Principal photography began this week in New York City.

PBS, MASTERPIECE and Fibonacci Films in association with Rose Pictures, Hamilton Entertainment and Anonymous Content are producing the feature film that reunites the writer, director, and star of the acclaimed and award winning Downton Abbey.  

PBS Distribution is planning a significant theatrical release of The Chaperone in the United States in 2018 concurrently with distributors in the international marketplace represented by Arclight Films.  This is the first feature film for MASTERPIECE and the first theatrical release for PBS Distribution.

Based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel about a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon to be famous Louise Brooks to New York.

The producers on the project are Victoria Hill, Greg Clark, Luca Scalisi, Rose Ganguzza, Kelly Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern and Gary Hamilton. Executive Producers include Rebecca Eaton, Andrew Mann, Ying Ye, Mike Gabrawy, Ruzanna Keyegan, Simon Curtis, Eli Selden, Adam Shulman and Julian Fellowes.           

McGovern developed the project and optioned the novel before working with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. 

The Chaperone is Arclight Films and Fibonacci Films second collaboration, the first being the Paul Schrader film First Reformed that will world premiere in competition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.

Julian Fellowes and Simon Curtis are represented by UTA with Elizabeth McGovern represented by UTA and Anonymous Content. 

Michael Engler is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP. Fibonacci Films is represented by Lanius Law.