Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in HBO movie

March 13, 2015 4:14 AM

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Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in HBO movie

HBO says ‘‘Scandal’’ star Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in a film about Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The film will be titled ‘‘Confirmation,’’ and Washington is also among its executive producers. Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Thomas put the issue at the center of a fierce national debate. Hill became a hero and a target, while Thomas was confirmed as an associate justice. Last year saw the release of ‘‘Anita,’’ a documentary by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Mock about the Brandeis University law professor. HBO didn’t give other casting details or an airdate for ‘‘Confirmation’’ in its announcement Thursday.

‘‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’’ will blast into theaters on May 26, 2017, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholders meeting Thursday. Rian Johnson, known for the innovative time travel film ‘‘Looper,’’ is confirmed to write and direct. ‘‘Episode VIII’’ will take place after the events...

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