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‘Chappaquiddick’ creators want to premiere film in Boston area soon

Costars Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, and Ed Helms at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Costars Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, and Ed Helms at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As stars flew to town for the Tuesday premiere of the Jake Gyllenhaal movie ”Stronger,” the makers of another local film promised a Massachusetts premiere. “Chappaquiddick” director John Curran and the film’s writers, Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, said they would bring their movie to the Boston area as soon as possible. They said they were “99.9 percent sure” they could.

“I hope we do a really big premiere there,” Curran said, during an interview with the Globe in Toronto, where the film had its world premiere Sunday.

“Chappaquiddick,” which was filmed around Ipswich in 2016, follows Ted Kennedy and his advisers in the days after the infamous accident off Martha’s Vineyard that killed Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969. Kennedy was driving the vehicle that went off the Dike Bridge that night; he later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the crash.

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The movie made headlines from the Toronto International Film Festival before it even premiered; on Friday it was announced that Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios acquired domestic rights for “Chappaquiddick” for $4 million with a $16 million commitment for marketing. Allen attended the Sunday screening of the film and told the audience that the movie captures “the moment in which we live right now.” He said it’s about, among other things, “people who believe they’re untouchable.”

The stars of “Chappaquiddick” were also at the screening Sunday. They include: Jason Clarke, who stars as Kennedy; Jim Gaffigan who plays US Attorney Paul Markham; Kate Mara, who plays Kopechne; and Ed Helms, who plays Kennedy’s cousin Joseph Gargan.