Based on Rebecca Skloot’s hit nonfiction book, the story centers on Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman with cervical cancer whose cells were taken without her permission and used in numerous medical research endeavors, including the development of the polio vaccine and cloning experiments.
“The book connects the epic with the intimate, and that’s the movie’s ambition,” director George C. Wolfe told Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming adaptation.
Renée Elise Goldsberry stars as Lacks, and Oprah Winfrey plays Deborah, Lacks’s daughter. Rose Byrne portrays author Rebecca Skloot.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premieres April 22 on HBO.
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