Chappquiddick features Jason Clarke as Senator Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne in a narrative that centers on the aftermath of Kopechne’s tragic drowning. John Curran, whose previous credits include Tracks and The Painted Veil, directs the feature.
“I think the message of the film is that polarization gets you nowhere,” said Clarke. “If you’re going to hate Ted Kennedy coming into this, you’re going to hate (Kennedy). If you want to be blinkered to what Ted did, then you’ll be blinkered. I think it’s hard to watch this and be blinkered because we don’t go into the salacious or the trivial. This film is about this man’s moral choices.”
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Chappaquiddick hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 10. Extras include the special features “Bridge to the Past: Editing The Film” and “A Reckoning: Revisiting Chappaquiddick.”