The Chaperone — Official Trailer


added: Thu, Feb 7th '19

From the writer and the director of "Downton Abbey" comes a new 1920s period drama about a life-changing trip to New York City by a young aspiring dancer (The Edge of Seventeen's Haley Lu Richardson) and her socialite chaperone (Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern).

Adapted from Laura Moriarty's bestselling history-fiction novel, "The Chaperone," which offers a fictional take on the early pre-fame years of 1920s flapper icon/dancer/silent-film star Louise Brooks, portrayed here by Richardson.

Directed by Emmy-nominated "Downton Abbey" director Michael Engler and written by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes, the film centers on the relationship that develops between a young soon-to-be starlet (Richardson) and her significantly older chaperone, (McGovern) who is a discontented socialite hoping to reconnect to her family roots.

Co-starring Campbell Scott (House of Cards), Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul), and Miranda Otto (Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), with a special guest appearance by Blythe Danner (What They Had), "The Chaperone" is due to open in New York and Los Angeles on March 29th, with other cities to follow. Watch the official trailer, above.

Louise Brooks the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn't break, epitomized 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.

Based on Laura Moriarty's beloved New York Times best-selling novel, THE CHAPERONE reunites the writer (Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes), director (Michael Engler) and star (Elizabeth McGovern) of DOWNTON ABBEY for an immersive and richly emotional period piece.


directed by   Michael Engler

starring   Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohrig, Miranda Otto, Victoria Hill, Robert Fairchild, Blythe Danner

release date   March 29, 2019 (in NY and LA, other cities to follow)

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