Rose Byrne is set to star opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO’s upcoming feature “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction best-seller of the same name, the biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (Winfrey), a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951.
Without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry.
Byrne will play Skloot, a young journalist who formed a close bond with Henrietta’s charismatic yet complicated daughter Deborah as part of her effort to tell the story of Henrietta’s ‘immortal’ cells.
Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher will executive produce. George C. Wolfe (“Lackawanna Blues,” “Angels in America”) wrote the screenplay and will direct the film which begins production this summer.
Source: The Live Feed