Fox Searchlight Sets Simon Curtis-Directed ‘The Chaperone’ With ‘Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 12:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

Elizabeth McGovernEXCLUSIVE: Coming off a killer Sundance where it acquired The Way, Way Back and unveiled its film Stoker, Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights to Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel The Chaperone. My Week With Marilyn helmer Simon Curtis will direct a a script written by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. The film reunites Fellowes with his Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern. Eli Selden and Adam Shulman of Anonymous Content are producing with Curtis and McGovern.

Amid the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920s, the life of a Kansas woman (McGovern) is forever changed when she 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. Read More »

Comments (5)

Saoirse Ronan Attached To ‘Testament Of Youth’; Simon Curtis Preps ‘Golden Lady’

Saoirse Ronan is returning to her period roots with the David Heyman-produced Testament Of Youth. The Atonement actress, who’s lately made a detour into action, has become attached to the adaptation of Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir. … Read More »

Comments (5)

UTA Signs Husband-Wife Globe Nominees Simon Curtis And Elizabeth McGovern

By | Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 8:47am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: UTA has added two Golden Globe nominees to the agency fold. UTA has signed My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis as well as his wife Elizabeth McGovern, the Globe-nominated star of Downton Abbey. McGovern was a rising … Read More »

Comments (9)

‘My Week With Marilyn’ Moving To Thanksgiving Weekend

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emboldened by the critical reaction that the Simon Curtis-directed My Week With Marilyn received in its New York Film Festival debut, The Weinstein Company has moved the film from November 4 to November 23, placing it smack into the … Read More »

Comments 21

NY Film Fest Sets ‘My Week With Marilyn’ As Centerpiece Gala

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 11:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY, August 4, 2011 — The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN will make its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection, screening at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday,

Read More »

Comments (3)

Julia Ormond In Talks To Play Superman’s Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and Zack Snyder are in talks with Julia Ormond to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel. I expect the deal to make shortly. Russell Crowe has been offered the role of  Jor-El, the … Read More »

Comments 35

Julia Ormond And Dougray Scott Round Out Cast Of ‘My Week With Marilyn’

By | Friday October 8, 2010 @ 1:47am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Julia Ormond is playing Vivien Leigh after Catherine Zeta-Jones dropped out, and Dougray Scott is playing Arthur Miller. Filming starts today in London on the feature, which is shooting for 7 weeks at Pinewood and on location in and around the city. Michelle Williams is cast as Marilyn Monroe alongside Kenneth Branagh (Laurence Oliver), Judi Dench (Dame Sybil Thorndike), Read More »

Comments (14)