Kerry Washington is used to handling major events in Scandal, and now she’s getting embroiled in one of America’s most infamous scandals. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington has inked a deal to play Anita Hill In HBO’s upcoming Confirmation, which will be penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and executive produced by Groundswell Productions and ABC Signature Studios.
The film will depict the controversial 1991 court case that pitted Hill against Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court nominee and her former supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education. The case brought sexual harassment into the national spotlight, along with matters of victim blaming and race relations. Along with starring in the telepic, Washington will executive produce the film with Groundswell CEO Michael London and production president Janice Williams.
There’s speculation but no confirmation thus far as to who will play Thomas, but sources say that Rick Famuyiwa is in early negotiations to direct the film. Famuyiwa is riding high after the rapturous response at the Sundance premiere of his comedy Dope, his first film since 2010’s Our Family Wedding. This also marks the third recent announcement from HBO regarding high-profile films based on true events. Along with Confirmation, the premium channel is set to begin production on a yet-untitled Billie Jean King–Bobby Riggs picture and All the Way, an adaptation of the Tony-winning play centered on President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Bryan Cranston reprising his stage role.