about the film


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 (Victoria Hill) 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, Geza Rohrig, Miranda Otto, Robert Fairchild, and Blythe Danner.



Elizabeth McGovern

Haley Lu Richardson
Louise Brooks

Victoria Hill
Myra Brooks

Géza Röhrig

Miranda Otto
Ruth St. Dennis

Blythe Danner
Mary O'Dell

Campbell Scott
Alan Carlisle

Andrew Burnap

Robert Fairchild
Ted Shawn

Matt McGrath

Jayne Houdyshell
Sister Delores

Jonathan Walker
Leonard Brooks



Directed by
Michael Engler

Screenplay by
Julian Fellowes

Based On The Book by
Laura Moriarty

Victoria Hill
Rose Ganguzza
Kelly Carmichael
Elizabeth McGovern
Greg Clark
Luca Scalisi
Andrew Mann

Executive Producers
Rebecca Eaton
Simon Curtis
Julian Fellowes
Karin Catt
Eli Selden
Adam Shulman

Co-Executive Producer
Jon Levin

Jolian Blevins

Director of Photography
Nick Remy Matthews

Production Designer
Andrew Jackness

Sofia Subercaseaux

Costume Designer
Candice Donnelly

Choreography by
John Carrafa

Music Producer
Andy Ross

Music Supervisors
Randall Poster
Meghan Currier

Music by
Marcelo Zarvos

Casting by
Kerry Barden
Paul Schnee




Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 68 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards.



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