Chappaquiddick trailer: The curse of the Kennedy family

Chappaquiddick Island was the location of yet another tragedy for the Kennedy family in 1969. Even before the assassination of John F. Kennedy there had been a number of mysterious deaths, and a year after U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed in 1968, youngest brother Ted also became a victim of the 'Kennedy Curse'. Now you can watch the trailer above for Chappaquiddick which looks back at the fateful incident.

The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family’s last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe, however, always considered his youngest son a ne’er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it.

The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the “Boiler Room Girls” who had served on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the drowning — itself dramatized here in harrowing detail — when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.

John Curran directs, while the cast also features Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan and Bruce Dern.

No date on a UK release just yet but Chappaquiddick is released in the US on April 6th.

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