The forthcoming drama CHAPPAQUIDDICK has added Ed Helms and Kate Mara to the John Curran-directed film, which tells the true story of Ted Kennedy’s headline-making car accident with Mary Jo Kopechne in Martha’s Vineyard during the ’60s.
Mara is set to play the role of Kopechne, who was trapped in the car that drove off the road and into the bay. Kennedy failed to report the accident to the police and instead called his friend and cousin, Joe Gargan (played by Helms), to help. Jason Clarke will play the role of Ted Kennedy.
Curran took over the directing duties from Sam Taylor-Johnson, who was previously attached to the project but pulled out of after scheduling conflicts. Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen wrote the script which made the Hit List and the Black List in 2015. Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes will produce under Apex Entertainment while Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton from DMG will serve as executive producers.
Helms continues to keep busy with a slate of films set for release later this year including the comedy Bastards with Owen Wilson and The Clapper starring Amanda Seyfried. He will also star in the Lake Bell-directed ensemble comedy What’s the Point?.
Mara recently appeared in the Golden Globe-winning The Martian. She can be seen next in Fox’s sci-fi thriller Morgan. She also stars in the upcoming Leavy based on Marine Cpl. Meghan Levy and how she was wounded in battle with her combat dog Rex.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Deadline.