The trailer for Confirmation, Kerry Washington’s new HBO film, certainly looks intense, but there’s one problem: the star, who plays law professor Anita Hill, can’t seem to shake shades of “Olivia Pope.”
Before the TV show Scandal, the Clarence Thomas trial—during which Hill was steadfast in her claims that Thomas, her former boss and then-Supreme Court nominee, had sexual harassed her on the job—was one of the ultimate, real-life scandals of the early ’90s.
Hill lost the infamous he said-she said battle in court, with Thomas saying that it was nothing more than “a high-tech lynching for uppity Blacks.” Still, when the U.S. Senate voted 52-48, the narrowest margin in history, to confirm the conservative George Bush-nominee as associate justice to replace the legendary Thurgood Marshall, it was Hill’s testimony that went on to influence the way that sexual harassment cases were treated in the work force.
Confirmation has been a passion project for Washington, who serves as one of its executive producers. And though we’re absolutely here for the retelling of this powerful story, we’ve seen similar themes—rape culture, politics, sexism and gender inequality—tackled on Scandal, making the two projects feel familiar.
Because of this, we hope we aren’t spending two hours feeling like we’re in a long Shondaland dream sequence, just waiting for Fitz to take the stand!
Confirmation also stars Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas, and Kimberly Elise as Sonia Jarvis, a civil rights attorney on Hill’s legal team. Jennifer Hudson also makes a cameo appearance as Angela Wright, another Thomas accuser, who was subpoenaed but was never called to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
Beauties, let us know if you’ll be watching Confirmation when it premieres on April 16 at 8pm ET/PT on HBO?