Nearly 50 years after Senator Ted Kennedy drove his 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off the one-lane bridge on the Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick, the tragedy that sparked a never-ending political drama is getting the Hollywood treatment.
The first trailer for "Chappaquiddick," opening April 6, recounts the events of July 18, 1969. Kennedy had hosted a small party for six young women who had worked on his brother Robert's presidential campaign the previous year. He was driving Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, back to her hotel when his car plunged into a tidal channel. Kopechne drowned; Kennedy swam to shore and didn't report the accident for 10 hours.
Kennedy, 37, would eventually plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident; he received a two-month suspended jail sentence. But the notorious Chappaquiddick "incident" would ultimately derail his plans to run for President in 1972.
The film, directed by John Curran, is described as "relentless, and edge-of-your-seat absorbing" by New York magazine's Vulture website.
"Chappaquiddick" stars Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty") as Kennedy, Kate Mara as Kopechne and Bruce Dern as Kennedy family patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
By Kevin Haynes |