Negotiations are underway for Clarke to play the late Ted Kennedy, with John Curran (The Painted Veil) on board to direct. Written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, Chappaquiddick centers on the tragic evening in 1969 when Kennedy was involved in a single-car accident that claimed the life of his assistant, Mary Jo Kopechne. Driving along a single lane bridge, and having downed a few drinks earlier in the night, Kennedy lost control of the car and veered into the icy waters below. He escaped, but waited 9 long hours before reporting the incident to police. Over the next few days Kennedy would struggle between following his moral compass and using his influence to protect himself and the family name.