News of an Oprah Winfrey-led cast for the movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” has been circulating for some time now, and there’s finally a trailer and a release date.
HBO on Wednesday uploaded a trailer for the movie, inspired by the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a cancer patient whose cells were used by doctors ― without her consent ― for research that would lead to life-saving advancements in the medical field like the polio vaccine and gene mapping.
The movie, directed by George C. Wolfe, follows the Lacks family as they seek acknowledgement and remediation for the unauthorized use of their mother’s cells, known as HeLa cells.
The movie is based on the 2010 best-selling book of the same name by journalist Rebecca Skloot.
Winfrey plays Lack’s daughter Deborah, who works closely with Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, to seek justice for her mother.
The movie will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 22, at 8 pm.