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Chappaquiddick, about the car accident that ended the presidential run of Senator Ted Kennedy, is officially joining the Oscar race.

Starring Jason Clarke as Kennedy, the film will be released on December 8th. Entertainment Studios bought Chappaquiddick after its strong showing at the Toronto Film Festival. They plan to start a best actor campaign for Clarke as well as other categories.

The story is based on on Kennedy’s car accident in 1969 when he drove off off a bridge where he drove off a bridge, leaving 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne to drown. Kopechne is played by Kate Mara. Kennedy left the scene of the accident and didn’t report the accident for nine hours.

The films also stars Ed Helms, Bruce Dern and Jim Gaffigan. It is directed by John Curran .