Wendell Pierce to Play Clarence Thomas Opposite Kerry Washington in HBO’s ‘Confirmation’

“Scandal” actress plays Anita Hill in film based on 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings

Wendell Pierce has been set to play Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in HBO’s “Confirmation” opposite Kerry Washington, who will play Anita Hill, TheWrap has learned.

“Dope” writer, director and producer Rick Famuyiwa is set to direct the HBO film.

“Confirmation” details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims rights and modern-day race relations.

Production of the HBO Films project in association with ABC Signature Studios is set to being in early summer.

Executive producers on the movie include Washington, Susannah Grant and A Groundswell Production duo Michael London and Janice Williams. Grant penned the script.

Pierce, known for “Treme” and CBS’ current sitcom “The Odd Couple,” is represented by Paradigm.