Fox Searchlight has acquired film rights to Laura Moriarty's best-selling novel "The Chaperone".
Set in the early 1920s, the story follows a Kansas woman (played by "Downton Abbey" star Elizabeth McGovern) who chaperones a beautiful and talented 15 year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer.
One of them is eager to fulfill her destiny of silent film stardom; the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past.
"My Week With Marilyn" helmer Simon Curtis will direct from a script written by 'Downton' creator Julian Fellowes. Curtis, McGovern, Eli Selden and Adam Shulman are producing.