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Kerry Washington Scandal star to play Anita Hill in new flick, 'Confirmation'

Kerry Washington has signed on to play Anita Hill and executive produce a TV movie entitled Confirmation for premium cable network, HBO Films

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Oscar nominee Susannah Grant will pen the script for the movie where Kerry Washington would play Anita Hill play

Oscar nominee Susannah Grant will pen the script for the movie where Kerry Washington would play Anita Hill

(The Hollywood Reporter)

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Scandal star, Kerry Washington has signed on to play Anita Hill and executive produce a TV movie entitled Confirmation for premium cable network, HBO Films.

THR reports that the movie, Confirmation, a telepic — which is in development from HBO Films — will detail the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Hill testified), which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way people think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern-day race relations.

lAlso. academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant has been confirmed for penning the script and executive produce the drama, which is being produced by Groundswell Productions in association with ABC Signature Studios.

Sources tell THR that American born Nigerian director, Rick Famuyiwa is in talks to direct the flick, although no deal is in place.

Confirmation comes as Washington was poised to film Warner Bros.' feature drama Unforgettable in the summer for director Amma Asante, but the HBO project may take over her hiatus from Scandal, her hit ABC series from Shonda Rhimes.

The Confirmation deal also marks a big off-network sale for ABC Signature, the boutique arm of ABC Studios. It's also HBO's latest buy from an outside studio following series including Warner Bros. Television's The Leftovers and upcoming Westworld.

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