Rose Byrne slated to appear in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The X-Men: Apocalypse and Insidious actress will star opposite Oprah Winfrey in the TV movie adaptation of the book of the same name.
In addition to her roles in the X-Men and Insidious franchises, Byrne is perhaps best known for playing Ellen Parsons in Damages, co-starring with Glenn Close in the FX legal drama. More recently, she has appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising as the wife of Seth Rogen‘s character.
Originally published in 2010, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks took author Rebecca Skloot over a decade to write but took the market by storm upon release, immediately earning a place on the New York Times’ prestigious bestseller list:
The film 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 (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.
Byrne will play Rebecca Skloot, a young journalist who, in her efforts to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cells, forms a close bond with Deborah, Henrietta’s charismatic, complicated daughter, played by Winfrey. Rebecca’s quest resulted in the NY Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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