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Kerry Washington Cast as Anita Hill in HBO Biopic of Historic Court Case, Confirmation

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Kerry Washington has been cast as Anita Hill in a new HBO biopic. 

From serving justice as Olivia Pope to seeking justice as Anita Hill! Kerry Washington has officially signed on to her next role, and this one will have some serious historical significance. 

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The Scandal star, 38, will play Anita Hill, the attorney who took U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas to trial for sexual harassment in 1991’s history-making case, the Hollywood Reporter revealed. 

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The court proceedings in Hill’s case against her former boss were widely broadcast at the time, but Thomas still ended up getting voted in as a Supreme Court justice by a narrow margin.

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The real Anita Hill (pictured here in January 2013).

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The TV movie is currently in development with HBO Films, which won several awards for 2014’s The Normal Heart. Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) will write the script and executive produce the biopic alongside Washington and Janice Williams. 

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Washington has already made history as the first woman of color to lead a network TV drama since the 1970s for her role as the Washington fixer on Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Scandal

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