See Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO's first look at 'Confirmation'

See Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO's first look at 'Confirmation'
"Scandal" actress Kerry Washington will play attorney Anita Hill in HBO's "Confirmation." (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

HBO has released its first look at Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in its upcoming historical drama, "Confirmation."

The "Scandal" fixer takes on a real-life D.C. controversy as Hill, the attorney who in 1991 accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his contentious confirmation hearings and made harassment a national topic of discussion.

As Hill in the photo, the contemporary suit-clad actress stands at a podium bearing several microphones in what appears to be a heated press conference in the film.

The Golden Globe-nominated "Django Unchained" actress also serves as executive producer on the biopic and gave the image (and role) her stamp of approval on social media.

"Dear @HBO, Thank you for the profound opportunity of getting to inhabit Anita Hill and help tell this story! Yours Truly, K-Dub (aka super excited Exec Producer) #Confirmation," she captioned the snapshot on Instagram.

Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" and "Suits" plays Thomas and Greg Kinnear plays Joe Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. "How I Met Your Mother" alum Cobie Smulders plays Biden's aide Harriett Grant, actress-singer Jennifer Hudson plays witness Angela Wright and "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet will play lobbyist Kenneth Duberstein. Erika Christensen, Grace Gummer and Jeffrey Wright also appear in the film.

Oscar-nominated "Erin Brockovich" screenwriter Susannah Grant wrote the script and breakout "Dope" director Rick Famuyiwa is helming the forthcoming project. No air date has been announced yet.

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