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Oprah Winfrey joins The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the lead role. The Academy Award-nominated actress will headline the planned TV movie from HBO Films.

In addition to starring in the movie, Winfrey will serve as an executive producer on it alongside Carla Gardini, Lydia Dean Pilcher and Golden Globe-winner Alan Ball. DGA winner and Emmy Award-nominee George C. Wolfe will direct the film, which is based on a screenplay he wrote.

The screenplay itself is adapted from the nonfiction book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot. Taking more than a decade to complete, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks made waves when it was first published, earning praise from critics and quickly making The New York Times‘ bestselling book list, where it remained for more than four years:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, 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 (Oprah Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to 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. It’s a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

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