Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has released a new trailer for the dramatic film Chappaquiddick, based on controversial true events. The trailer lays out the plot – Ted Kennedy caused a car accident which resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquiddick Island on Friday, July 18, 1969 – and shows the film will delve into the events leading up to the accident as well as the subsequent investigation.
The cast is led by Jason Clarke (All I See is You, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara (Megan Leavey, House of Cards) as Mary Jo Kopechne. Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover films) plays Joe Gargan, Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show) plays Paul Markham, Clancy Brown (Stronger, Tangled: The Series) is Robert McNamara, Taylor Nichols (The Last Tycoon, Possessions) is Ted Sorensen, Olivia Thirlby (Welcome to Happiness, The Wedding Ringer) is one of the boiler room girls, and Bruce Dern (Our Souls at Night, The Hateful Eight) plays Joe Kennedy.
John Curran (Tracks, The Painted Veil) directed from a screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. Chappaquiddick will open in theaters on April 6, 2018.
The Plot: In the suspense drama, Chappaquiddick, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever.
Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.