Rake star Greg Kinnear has joined the cast of HBO’s TV movie Confirmation, which is set during the height of the Clarence Thomas scandal in the early 199os. Kinnear will play Joe Biden, the then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who were scrutinising Thomas’ nomination for the United States Supreme Court.
Confirmation is set in 1991 and details Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court – a position he was nominated for by then President George H. W. Bush. The hearings became a focal point of controversy and brought the country to a standstill when Anita Hill testified, accusing Thomas of sexual harassment.
HBO has been busy assembling an all-star cast for Confirmation, ever since the project got a green-light earlier this year. The Wire and Suits alum Wendell Pierce is playing one of the lead roles as Clarence Thomas, while Scandal’s Kerry Washington stars as Anita Hill and Modern Family breakout Eric Stonestreet plays Ken Duberstein.
In addition to Kinnear, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright and Alison Wright have also been cast in the two-hour television movie. Jennifer Hudson has been cast as Angela Wright, a co-worker of Clarence Thomas’ who was on the witness list for the hearings but was never called to testify; Jeffrey Wright as Charles Ogletree, Thomas’ attorney; and Alison Wright as Ginni Thomas, Thomas’ wife.
Set to premiere on HBO in 2016, Confirmation is being produced in-house by HBO Films in association with ABC Studios’ boutique division ABC Signature, from a script by Erin Brokovich scribe Susannah Grant. Rick Famuyiwa is directing Confirmation, which begins filming this Summer. The executive producers are Susannah Grant, Kerry Washington, Michael London and Janice Williams.