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The Chaperone
Credit: Masterpiece Films

Masterpiece on PBS is busy preparing for its feature film debut. (Cue cheers!) While it has long been the source of our favorite television dramas, now Masterpiece is setting its sights on the silver screen. This movie debut is already looking starry: The film is an adaptation of The Chaperone, a 2012 novel by Laura Moriarty, and the project reunites Julian Fellowes, the writer behind the six seasons of Downton Abbey stories, and Elizabeth McGovern, who starred in the series as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.

The Chaperone is set in the 1920s, and the plot of the film involves—who else?—a chaperone who accompanies a young dancer to New York City. According to PBS, "The Chaperone takes place against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920's. A Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer (Haley Lu Richardson, Split) named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other is on a mission to unearth the mysteries of her past." You can watch the trailer for the film below.

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According to PBS, "Julian 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.' " Fellowes penned the screenplay for the film, which is directed by Michael Engler (Downton Abbey, 30 Rock) and also stars Blythe Danner (Gypsy, Madoff), Victoria Hill (First Reformed), Campbell Scott (House of Cards, Damages), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), and Miranda Otto (The Lord of The Rings, Homeland).

The Chaperone is set to be released in theaters in the U.S. on March 29, 2019, and it will air subsequently on PBS.

Are you looking forward to watching The Chaperone when it's released in March? What do you think about Masterpiece on PBS branching out into movies?