Chappaquiddick, a new drama about the infamous car accident on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts that killed Mary Jo Kopechne and derailed Ted Kennedy's political career, will debut in theaters April 6.
Here's a look at the official trailer, which was just released:
Jason Clarke plays the late senator in the film, which centers on the scandalous 1969 incident when Kennedy drove off the Dike Bridge into a pond. Kennedy famously survived the crash. The 28-year-old Kopechne, portrayed by Kate Mara, drowned. Kennedy then left the scene and failed to report the accident until the next morning.
Director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen used true accounts in the inquest from the investigation to "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," according to press materials.
The rest of the cast includes Ed Helms as Kennedy's cousin Joe Gargan, Jim Gaffigan as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Paul Markham, and Bruce Dern as Kennedy’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy.
The film received mixed reviews after it premiered at the Toronto International Film festival in September. Variety called it "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 Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, said it "covers most of the bases, but passion and vitality are crucially missing."
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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