Oprah to star in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Oprah Winfrey has signed on to star in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The film will be based off of the popular non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot which was released in March of 2011 and became an immediate bestseller.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of a 31 year old black woman from Baltimore who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without the knowledge of her family, the doctors treating her took tissue samples from her body for research, which went on to help create the polio vaccine and AIDS treatments.
Oprah scooped up the book for the film treatment upon its release with plans for Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under) to produce it. Harpo Films along with HBO Films will now co-produce the film. Filming will start this summer George C Wolfe directing with no announcement on a release date just yet. You can be absolutely certain that this will be a quality film that will sweep the Emmys.