The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Has a Premiere Date

Those who have been patiently waiting for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to grace their television screen won’t have to wait much longer.

Deadline reports that HBO has set April 22 as the premiere date for the biopic, which stars Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks, the daughter of Henrietta Lacks.

Henrietta Lacks was famous for her unwitting contribution to science, when her cervical cancer cells were extracted and used to create HeLa, an immortal cell line. Her story has generated scholarship for several decades, both in science and in the fields of ethics and race/class issues in medicine.

Rebecca Skloot wrote a nonfiction book by the same title published in 2010 using the journals of Deborah Lacks. The book went on to receive widespread acclaim and numerous awards, including the 2011 National Academies Communication Award.

Rose Byrne will play Skloot in the film, which also stars Courtney B. Vance and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks.


Feature image courtesy of HBO