Kimberly Elise and Kristen Ariza have joined the cast of HBO’s scripted movie based on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, titled “Confirmation,” which stars Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce as the 2 key characters.
Elise will play Sonia Jarvis, Anita Hill’s college roommate and an attorney as well; while Kristen Ariza has signed up to play crisis management expert, and then White House press liaison, Judy Smith (you know her as the inspiration for Kerry Washington’s character in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama series “Scandal”).
Elise and Ariza join the previously cast Jennifer Hudson, who is playing witness Angela Wright, and Jeffrey Wright who will play Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree.
The telepic is written by Academy Award nominated writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), and produced by Groundswell Productions in association with ABC Signature Studios.
Rick Famuyiwa, fresh off his hit Sundance movie “Dope,” is directing the film for HBO.
Shooting on “Confirmation” is underway.
“Confirmation” doesn’t have a premiere date yet.