HBO has just premiered the full trailer for the HBO Films feature “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.
Based on author Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed nonfiction novel about the title character, 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.
George C. Wolfe directs from his own adapted screenplay. The film premieres on HBO on Saturday, April 22nd.