Oscar nominee Bruce Dern has closed a deal to portray Kennedy family patriarch Joe Kennedy in the indie film “Chappaquiddick”.
The story follows what happened that night from the party that the young Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) attended, to the accident when the car driven by an allegedly drunk Kennedy drove off a bridge and plunged into the water – resulting in the agonizing death of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
The film will also deal with what occurred prior to Ted reporting the crash to the police nine hours later. Joe Kennedy was in a wheelchair, having already suffered a debilitating stroke, but that didn’t stop him from trying to protect his son that night and hopefully salvage Ted’s political ambitions.
Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan penned the script while Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes will produce.