Listen up, “Downton Abbey” fans: Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth McGovern are returning to PBS
The pair — along with Michael Engler, who directed four episodes of the period drama — will re-team for The Chaperone, the first film-producing effort from PBS’s Masterpiece, which will hit theaters before airing on the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fellowes is adapting Laura Moriarty’s novel, which is set in the 1920s and tells the story of a woman (to be brought to the silver screen by McGovern) who chaperones a 15-year-old dancer and later screen sensation, Louise Brooks (Julia Goldani Telles, who you might recognize as Sandee of Sandee Says in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life; her other credits include Bunheads and The Affair), to the Big Apple. What’s more, McGovern will produce with a handful of others.
Fellowes was the creator, sole writer, and executive producer of Downton Abbey, while McGovern played Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. News of their reunion comes shortly after it was announced that a movie version of the hit show is finally, and after much speculation, underway — which, honestly, we’re still freaking out about, even days later.
We seriously cannot get enough of the Downton Abbey movie and cast and crew reunions — and we can’t wait to watch The Chaperone!