Hype has been building up for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ever since it was announced last year. Why, you ask? Well, not only does the film feature seven Tony Award winning actors, it also tells the true life story of an African American woman whose cells used to create the first immortal human cell line.
Harvested without her knowledge, Henrietta Lacks went in to John Hopkins for cervical cancer treatment and came out with pieces of her body made available to researchers. From being included in scientific papers, polio vaccines, live cell transport, cloning and much more — Henrietta Lacks’ cells have appeared all over science without her consent.
Now, her story is being told by HBO, adapted from the best selling book authored by Rebecca Skloot. Hamilton Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry plays the title character, while Oprah Winfrey will portray her justice-seeking daughter looking to commemorate her mother’s legacy in history. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will also feature the acting talents of Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rose Byrne and Leslie Uggams.
Directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, you can see the first look at the film below and get ready to board the feels train. The film will make its debut on Saturday, April 22.
H/T: Broadway Buzz