Newswire: Wendell Pierce to play Clarence Thomas for HBO

Having secured Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the attorney thrown under the bus during Clarence Thomas’s nomination hearings, HBO has found its Supreme Court justice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wendell Pierce will play Clarence Thomas in Confirmation, which will chronicle the high-profile 1991 Senate judiciary hearings. Pierce currently has a supporting role in CBS’ remake of The Odd Couple, and played civil rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams in Selma. Pierce is probably best known for his previous work with HBO, however, including struggling New Orleans trombonist Antoine Batiste on Treme and smooth-talking, hard-drinking Baltimore detective “Bunk” Moreland on The Wire.

Thomas’ Senate nomination hearings for the Supreme Court became highly controversial when Anita Hill stepped forward to testify to the character of Thomas, her former supervisor. What followed was a feel-bad rainbow of testimony and questioning as Hill cited numerous incidents which she did not label as sexual …

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