Before Louise Brooks became the movie sensation of the 1920s, she was a just another kid with a dream.
Given a chance to go to New York to study dance, she leaped at the chance – though curbed somewhat by the chaperone her mother insisted go with her.
Written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, The Chaperone opens in New York on May 29th and Los Angeles on April 5th before going wide.
THE CHAPERONE (2019) | Official Trailer HD | PBS Distribution
Starring Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson,
Victoria Hill, Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner, and Campbell Scott
Directed by Michael Engler (Downton Abbey)
Written by Academy Award Winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)
Based on the book by Laura Moriarty Running Time: 108 minutes, not rated
Opening March 29th in New York at
Landmark West 57 and Quad Cinema
And April 5th in Los Angeles at
Laemmle Royal, Laemmle Playhouse 7 and Laemmle Town Center 5
*National Expansion to follow in April/May*
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. The film also stars Campbell Scott, Victoria Hill, Geza Rohrig, Miranda Otto, Robert Fairchild, and Blythe Danner.