×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator, Star Elizabeth McGovern to Reteam for PBS Movie ‘The Chaperone’

Downton Abbey” star Elizabeth McGovern is re-teaming with series creator Julian Fellowes on the period drama “The Chaperone” — PBS and Masterpiece’s first feature film.

Arclight Films is financing and introducing the movie to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, which launches on Wednesday.

“The Chaperone,” based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, will be scripted by Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and star McGovern. It will air on PBS stations nationwide after its initial theatrical run.

McGovern will play a Kansas woman whose life is forever changed in the early 1920s when she chaperones Louise Brooks, a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (played by Julia Goldani Telles), to New York for the summer. Brooks, an icon of the 1920s for popularizing the bob haircut, would go on to star in 25 films, including “Pandora’s Box,”  “Diary of a Lost Girl,” and “Miss Europe” before retiring in 1938.

Fellowes said: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Masterpiece and Elizabeth McGovern on ‘The Chaperone,’ based on Laura Moriarty’s novel, which is captivating and beguiling and resonant in so many ways.”

“It is a thrill and an honor to be working with Masterpiece and Julian again on his beautiful adaptation of ‘The Chaperone,’ and to be in the expert hands of director Michael Engler,” McGovern said in a statement.

PBS Distribution will distribute the film theatrically and to home entertainment markets in the U.S. UTA Independent Film Group handled North America rights.

Financing is provided by Altus Media of which Paul Brett and John Fields are directors, and for which Peter Nichols acts as a consultant. “The Chaperone” is a co-production of Masterpiece and Rose Pictures, in association with Anonymous Content.

McGovern played Lady Grantham in the six seasons of “Downton Abbey,” and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. The series aired on PBS in the U.S.

More TV

  • La Casa De Papel

    Guy Bisson Göteborg Masterclass: Global Rights the God Particle of TV Production

    In physics the God Particle is an elementary particle whose existence physicists use to describes why all particles have mass. In a Wednesday masterclass at the Göteborg Film Festival, Ampere Analysis’ Guy Bisson’s God Particle is the push into acquiring global rights, the phenomenon whose existence is the driving factor behind many if nt most [...]

  • Kjartan Thordarson and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

    Sagafilm, Sky Studios, NBCU, NENT, SÍminn Join Forces on “Sisterhood” (EXCLUSIVE)

    GÖTEBORG, Sweden — Established Nordic prodco Sagafilm (“Stella Blómkvist”, “Case”) is producing Icelandic crime series “Sisterhood,” in association with Sky Studios, for commissioners NENT Group’s Nordic streamer Viaplay and Iceland’s OTT service Síminn. The six-part series will premiere simultaneously on Viaplay and Síminn in 2021, with the latter retaining domestic first window rights. NBCUniversal Global [...]

  • "Jojo Rabbit" and "Schitts Creek" Win

    'Jojo Rabbit,' 'Masked Singer' and 'Maleficent' Win Top Honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

    The Costume Designers Guild handed out its trophies for the 22nd annual CDG Awards with “Jojo Rabbit” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” receiving top honors among the costumers. In the TV category, the hit “The Masked Singer” and designer Marina Toybina beat out reigning designer Zaldy (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) for excellence in variety, reality-competition, live [...]

  • Arrow -- "Fadeout" -- Image Number:

    How The 'Arrow' Series Finale Honors 'The Completion of Oliver's Mission'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched the “Arrow” series finale. In the aftermath of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) death, the CW’s “Arrow” ended with a relatively happy ending. The post-“Crisis” world revealed that Oliver’s death had indeed been a spark that saved his city, which was now crime-free. Additionally, nearly [...]

  • Co-winners of the MVP award Phoenix

    Shaquille O'Neal Remembers Kobe Bryant in Tearful Tribute

    A tearful Shaquille O’Neal spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about the death of his former teammate, Kobe Bryant. “I think a lot of times we take stuff for granted,” O’Neal said during a special edition of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Turning to his co-hosts with tears running down his face, O’Neal added, “Like [...]

  • Netflix new building Sunset

    Netflix to Lay Off Roughly 15 in Marketing Department Shift

    Netflix is poised to let go of roughly 15 marketing staffers from its Los Angeles office in the wake of last year’s shift in marketing leadership, Variety has learned. The layoffs represent a small percentage of the greater marketing division, according to a source, and follows the hiring last July of Jackie Lee-Joe as chief marketing [...]

  • Riverdale -- "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale

    TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Musical Episode

    In today’s TV News Roundup, the CW revealed this year’s musical episode of “Riverdale” will feature numbers from “Hedwig & the Angry Inch,” and Amazon announced the premiere date for “Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse.” DATES This Season 4 musical episode of “Riverdale” will air on Apr. 8 at 8:00 pm on the CW, and this [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content