Wendell Pierce has been tapped to star in the HBO movie CONFIRMATION. The project, which is in development at HBO Films, centers 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. Pierce has signed on to portray Associate Judge Clarence Thomas, who was at the center of the hearings due to the controversial accusation that he had sexually harassed or engaged in inappropriate behavior toward attorney Anita Hill. Despite the accusations, Thomas assumed office on October 23, 1991.
Kerry Washington will executive produce and portray attorney Anita Hill. Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant will perform double duties as an executive producer and writer. Groundswell Productions CEO Michael London and production president Janice Williams will also executive produce the drama, with ABC Signature Studios on board. Rick Famuyiwa, who recently helmed the Sundance favorite entry Dope, will direct.
Pierce previously appeared on the network when he starred in the hit series The Wire. He’s also appeared on Treme and Showtime’s Ray Donovan. His recent film work includes Selma, Horrible Bosses, and Parker. Up next, he’ll continue to star on the CBS comedy The Odd Couple and will return for Donovan‘s forthcoming third season. Pierce will also co-star opposite Joel Edgerton and reunite with Jason Bateman in the former’s directorial debut, The Gift.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor