10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright Join HBO's 'Confirmation'
HBO's Confirmation continues to assemble an impressive cast.
Jennifer Hudson, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright and Alison Wright have boarded the cast of the TV movie about Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings, 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. Scandal's Kerry Washington stars as Hill, Treme's Wendell Pierce is set as Clarence Thomas and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet will portray lobbyist Ken Duberstein.
Hudson (Smash, Dreamgirls, Empire) will play Angela Wright, who worked with Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and issued a key statement about Thomas' comments about women. Kinnear (Rake, Modern Family) is set as then-Sen. Joe Biden; Jeffrey Wright (HBO's upcoming drama Westworld, Boardwalk Empire) will portray Charles Ogletree, who served as legal counsel to Hill during the hearings; Alison Wright (The Americans) is Ginni Thomas, an attorney and Clarence's wife.
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.
Hudson is repped by CAA and Abrams Garfinkel; Kinnear is with WME and Stone Meyer; Jeffrey Wright is with CAA; Alison Wright is with Hartig Hilepo Agency and Smith Talent Group.