In 1991, a political drama mesmerized the nation. A law professor named Anita Hill had made a stunning accusation — that Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, sexually harassed her when she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The events that ensued are now the subject of the HBO film Confirmation, which premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Kerry Washington, who you probably know best as Olivia Pope on Scandal, plays Hill, who was very reluctant to reveal this decade-old secret.
Treme and The Odd Couple’s Wendell Pierce has been tapped to play the Supreme Court justice in Confirmation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Confirmation, from HBO Films,details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Anita Hill testified), that brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations
Scandal star Kerry Washington is attached to play Hill and executive produce.[X]
Scandal star Kerry Washington has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the ABC drama series, ABC Studios, and its cable/digital division ABC Signature Studios, for her recently launched production company,Simpson Street. Under the two-year pact, Simpson Street, named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in The Bronx, will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.
As part of the deal, Washington has brought in Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as development executive/producing partner at Simpson Street.
Simpson Street’s first project, which preceded the overall deal, was the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation, which the company produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films. The movie, in which Washington starred alongside Greg Kinnear and Wendell Pierce, premiered earlier this month to strong reviews.
“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”
Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Movie 'Confirmation’
Kerry Washington is headed for HBO.
The Scandal star has signed on to play Anita Hill and executive produce a TV movie for the premium cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Called Confirmation, the telepic — which is in development from HBO Films — will detail the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas-Hill Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations.
Confirmation comes as Washington was poised to film Warner Bros.’ feature drama Unforgettable in the summer for director Amma Assante but the HBO project may take over the Scandal star’s hiatus from her ABC Shonda Rhimes series.