HBO confirmed the HBO Films presentation “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will debut on April 22nd starring Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. The film is an adaptation of nonfiction book of the same name written by Rebecca Skloot’s and was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly six years.
“In 1951, a vibrant African-American woman was dying of cervical cancer at age 31. Under the bright lights of an operating room, surgeons harvested cells from her tumor that would prove to be astonishingly immortal and would change the face of medicine forever. Yet she, and any recognition of her involuntary donation, would long remain unknown,” says an HBO press release.
HBO Films’ THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS is directed by George C. Wolfe who brings the book to screen and he says, ” “The book is massive,” he explains, “Massive emotionally, intellectually; it’s a science book and it’s an intimate book about families and race in America and economics and power. All these things are juggled in fascinating and interesting ways,” from the press release.
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will debut on Saturday, April 22nd at 8 pm ET exclusively on HBO.
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