HBO’s latest telemovie stars Oprah Winfrey, Courtney B. Vance and our very own Rose Byrne in the true story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells were used to create an immortal human cell line. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe, You’re Not You, Lackawanna Blues)
Synopsis: Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS premieres on HBO 22 APRIL, 2017