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Dope Director Rick Famuyiwa Boards Anita Hill Biopic

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24:  Director/writer Rick Famuyiwa from "Dope" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Dope Director Rick Famuyiwa Boards Anita Hill Biopic

Plus, Tessa Thompson lands lead role in War on Everyone.

PUBLISHED ON : APRIL 16, 2015 / 10:38 AM

Rick Famuyiwa, who is earning raves for his Sundance hit Dope, has signed on to direct HBO's Anita Hill biopic starring Kerry Washington.

The film, titled Confirmation, is written by Susannah Grant, who was nominated for an Academy Award for penning Erin Brockovich. Shooting will begin this summer, so we look forward to hearing about other casting decisions, including who will play the controversial Clarence Thomas.


Hill, as most know, testified before a Senate panel in 1991 against Supreme Court contender Thomas, accusing the justice of sexually harassing her. Despite the groundswell of support for Hill ("I believe you, Anita!" was a popular refrain), Thomas was confirmed to the Court.

Meanwhile, Dear White People star Tessa Thompson has landed the lead female role in the indie comedy War on Everyone. The film follows two corrupt cops (Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard) in New Mexico "who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path." Thompson will play a former stripper and girlfriend of one of the cops. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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