Comedian Jim Gaffigan and actress Olivia Thirlby (“The Stanford Prison Experiment”) are set to join Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms and Bruce Dern in John Curran’s drama “Chappaquiddick” at Apex Entertainment.
The story tackles the seven most dramatic days in the life of Senator Ted Kennedy (Clarke): On the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the senator becomes entangled in a tragic car accident on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts that results in the death of former campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara).
The senator struggles to follow his own moral compass and simultaneously protect his family’s legacy, all while trying to keep his own political ambitions alive.
Gaffigan will play District Attorney Paul Markham and Thirlby will play one of a group of single women who attended the party on Chappaquiddick preceding the accident. Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan penned the Black List script and shooting kicks off September 7th in Boston.