HBO has released a first-look trailer for the upcoming film Confirmation, which recounts the confirmation hearings and subsequent sexual harassment scandal revolving around Clarence Thomas. Written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and directed by Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa, the film stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who came forward during Thomas’ confirmation hearings with details of sexual assault from her tenure as his co-worker at the Department of Education.
The hearings, which took place in 1991, shined a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace and enraptured the country as Hill was forced to publicly testify against Thomas. As we know, Thomas was subsequently confirmed and now sits on the Supreme Court, so it will be fascinating to see this story recounted in dramatic fashion against the backdrop of the issues we still face today. The Wire alum Wendell Pierce is a solid choice to play Thomas, and the swell ensemble cast also includes Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Eric Stonestreet, and Jennifer Hudson.
Check out the trailer below. Confirmation airs on HBO on April 16th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Confirmation:
CONFIRMATION looks behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting a pivotal moment in American culture that became a turning point in workplace equality and gender politics.
Kerry Washington portrays law professor Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, with Wendell Pierce as Judge Thomas and Greg Kinnear as Democratic Senator Joe Biden, who presided over the hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jeffrey Wright plays Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, Professor Hill’s lead attorney during the hearings, and Eric Stonestreet portrays Ken Duberstein, a Washington lobbyist hired by President George H. W. Bush to promote Judge Thomas’ confirmation. Jennifer Hudson portrays Angela Wright, another Thomas accuser, who was subpoenaed but was never called to testify before the Judiciary Committee.