The 1920s era film is based on Laura Moriarty’s novel. 


Principal photography has begun on Michael Engler’s 1920s-set film The Chaperone.

PBS, Masterpiece and Fibonacci Films in association with Rose Pictures, Hamilton Entertainment and Anonymous Content are producing the film with Arclight Films handling international sales.

PBS Distribution is planning a theatrical release of The Chaperone in the US in 2018.

The film centres on a woman whose life is changed forever when she chaperones a young and soon-to-be-famous Louise Brooks to New York.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes adapted the script based on Laura Moriarty’s novel of the same name.  

Michael Engler directs the film that stars Elizabeth McGovern (pictured above), Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott, Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner and Miranda Otto.

McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen. The pair worked together on Downton Abbey alongside Engler.

Producers are Victoria Hill, Greg Clark, Luca Scalisi, Rose Ganguzza, Kelly Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern and Gary Hamilton. 

Rebecca Eaton, Andrew Mann, Ying Ye, Mike Gabrawy, Ruzanna Keyegan, Simon Curtis, Eli Selden, Adam Shulman and Fellowes serve as executive producers.          

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