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Eric Stonestreet to Co-Star in HBO's Anita Hill Pic, 'Confirmation' (Exclusive)
HBO's Confirmation continues to add to its already impressive cast.
Modern Family's two-time Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet has joined the cast of the TV movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Confirmation, from HBO Films, details the explosive 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings (at which Anita 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.
Stonestreet will portray Kenneth Duberstein, the lobbyist/Washington insider who is assigned by President George Bush to get Clarence Thomas (Treme's Wendell Pierce) appointed as a Supreme Court Justice.
Scandal star Kerry Washington is attached to play Hill and to executive produce.
Academy Award-nominated writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which hails from Groundswell Productions in association with ABC Signature. Groundswell CEO Michael London (ABC's upcoming soap The Astronaut Wives Club) and production president Janice Williams will executive produce alongside Grant and Washington. Dope's Rick Famuyiwa will direct the TV movie, which will begin production in early summer.
Repped by CAA, Thruline Entertainment and Patti Felker of Felker Toczek, Stonestreet was poised to star alongside Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Goodbye, which has since been scrapped after Bale injured his knee, freeing up Stonestreet to join Confirmation.