Two-time Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet is set to join HBO’s CONFIRMATION. The film will center on the radical 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings which brought the country to a standstill and forever altered the perception on sexual harassment, victims’ rights, and current racial relations. Wendell Pierce will star as Associate Judge Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harrassment toward attorney Anita Hill, played by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington.
Stonestreet will play Ken Duberstein, the lobbyist/Washington insider who was assigned by then-President George Bush to secure Thomas’ appointment as Supreme Court Justice. Duberstein served as Ronald Reagan’s White House Chief of Staff from 1988 to 1989 and came under fire after his nomination of Thomas was strongly contested after Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her when she under his employment.
Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant will script and executive produce. Washington, Michael London, and Janice Williams will executive produce. Rick Famuyiwa, who last directed the Sundance hit Dope, will helm the courtroom drama.
The topic was once previously explored in a TV movie in 1999’s Strange Justice, which aired on Showtime and starred Delroy Lindo as Thomas, Mandy Patinkin as Duberstein, and Regina Taylor as Hill.
Stonestreet is known for his two-time Emmy winning run on ABC’s hit comedy series Modern Family. He most recently appeared opposite Karl Urban and James Marsden in The Loft. He’ll next lend his voice to Universal’s animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets. The actor is repped by CAA and Thruline Entertainment.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor