By Derek Lawrence
Updated July 20, 2016 at 09:22 PM EDT
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Bruce Dern is getting political.

The Academy Award-nominated actor is set to star as Joe Kennedy, the patriarch of the Kennedy family, in Chappaquiddick, EW has confirmed.

Directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil), the film will focus on the 1969 incident, where Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy got into a car accident that left his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dead. Ted didn’t immediately notify the police of the incident, and his father, Joe, who was in poor health at the time, did his best to work behind-the-scenes to protect his last living son and his presidential hopes.

Dern joins Jason Clarke as the younger Kennedy, Kata Mara as Kopechne, and Ed Helms as Joe Gargan, Ted’s cousin. This is the latest high-profile project for the veteran actor, who has had a career resurgence in recent years with roles in Nebraska and The Hateful Eight.

Deadline first reported the news.

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