Jason Clarke has come on to star as Sen. Ted Kennedy in the indie “Chappaquiddick” sources confirmed to Variety.
“The Painted Veil” director John Curran is on board to direct the pic.
The film is based on the true story of the events leading up to the tragic car accident that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne when Senator Ted Kennedy was at the wheel in the summer of 1969. After driving off a bridge, the young Kennedy panicked and left the scene of the accident, leaving the 28 year-old Kopechne to drown. Kennedy went home but didn’t report the accident for nine hours. The accident took place on the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
After the accident and over the course of the next week, Kennedy struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his Presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy and name.
Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes are producing through their Apex Entertainment banner, which is also financing the pic. Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan penned the script.
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The role marks another role dramatic turn for Clarke who received some of the best reviews of his career in the Working Title pic “Everest.” Clarke recently signed on to star in the drama “Mud Bound” opposite Garrett Hedlund and has the thriller “All I See is You” and the World War II pic “HHhH” bowing this year.
He is repped by WME and Robert Stein Management. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.