Released by Entertainment Studios, the first trailer for Chappaquiddick just landed online. Based on the true story of the “Chappaquiddick Incident” where Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) was in a car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), and the ensuing cover-up that created more questions than answers. The film offers a no-holds-barred, in-depth look at the truth behind the fatal accident, and why it took Kennedy ten hours to report it to the police.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it garnered considerable acclaim for it’s hold-nothing-back approach to both the Kennedy’s as a whole and the incident in question.
Check out the trailer for Chappaquiddick below:
The film arrives at a potent time, not just in Hollywood and the movie industry, but on a larger scale too. Many government officials like Roy Moore, John Conyers, and Al Franken have been faced with controversy and the scandals involving sexual harassment and assault have rocked the very foundation of America. Chappaquiddick reminds us that these kinds of stories have been around long before this, and cover-ups must be revealed.
Directed by John Curran, who is best known for helming 2013 drama Tracks, which starred Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, Chappaquiddick is written by the first-time writing team of Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. The film also stars Ed Helms, Olivia Thirlby, Jim Gaffigan, and Bruce Dern.
Here’s a synopsis for Chappaquiddick via TIFF:
The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family’s last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe (Bruce Dern), however, always considered his youngest son a ne’er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it. The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the “Boiler Room Girls” who had served on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the drowning — itself dramatized here in harrowing detail — when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.
Chappaquiddick opens in theaters on April 6, 2018.
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