|Directed by||:||John Curran||Produced by||:||Mark Ciardi, Chris Fenton, Campbell G. McInnes||Starring||:||Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Taylor Nichols||Production company||:||Apex Entertainment||Country||:||United States|
A newly-released trailer gives the first look at Chappaquiddick, an upcoming movie about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s infamous 1969 car crash on the Vineyard that led to the death of a young woman, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Recreated from July 1969: Movie Chappaquiddick was filmed in Edgartown last summer. — Vivian Ewing
The movie bills itself as “based on the untold true story” of what happened on July 18, 1969, when Mr. Kennedy drove off the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick. Ms. Kopechne, 28, was a passenger in the car and drowned in Poucha Pond. After failing to report the accident immediately, Mr. Kennedy pleaded guilty at the Edgartown courthouse to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a two-month suspended sentence.
The trailer features dramatic recreated scenes of the car crash 40 years ago and the aftermath, including the Kennedy family and advisors gathering to deal with what they see as a public relations nightmare for presidential contender Mr. Kennedy.
The film is scheduled for release on April 6. It premiered in September at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety Magazine reviewed the movie as “exactly what you want it to be: a tense, scrupulous, absorbingly precise and authentic piece of history — a tabloid scandal attached to a smoke-filled-room travesty.” The film stars Australian actor Jason Clarke as Mr. Kennedy, Kate Mara as Ms. Kopechne, James Gaffigan as Kennedy friend and former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts Paul Markham, and Ed Helms as Kennedy friend Joe Gargan. It was directed by John Curran.