TCA: First-Look Pics from HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Film + April Premiere Set (Just in Time for Emmy Consideration)
Photo Credit: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) mourns for the mother she never knew Spring 2017
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TCA: First-Look Pics from HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' Film + April Premiere Set (Just in Time for Emmy Consideration)

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) mourns for the mother she never knew Spring 2017
‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ – Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) mourns for the mother she never knew

During its portion of the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour today, HBO announced that its film adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will premiere in April, although it didn’t give a specific day in April. The exact time and day will be revealed soon. But an April debut makes it very much eligible for Primtetime Emmy consideration this year (the eligibility period ends May 2017).

Oprah Winfrey stars in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the 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 (played by Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and 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.





Joining Winfrey in front of the camera are some stellar actors including Renee Elise Goldsberry, Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, Rocky Carroll, Rose Byrne, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Kyanna Simone Simpson and Roger Robinson.

Vance plays Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield, a slick Southern con artist who tries to insert himself into the Lacks’ legal matters; Uggams is Sadie, Henrietta’s cousin and best friend; Cathey plays Zakariyya, Henrietta’s youngest son and Deborah’s (Winfrey) brother; Birney is Dr. George Gey, the scientist who harvested the HeLa cells from Henrietta (Goldsberry); Santiago-Hudson is Dr. Pattillo, a doctor and professor of gynecology who facilitated Rebecca Skloot’s (Byrne) communication with the Lacks family; Thompson plays Lawrence, Henrietta’s oldest son and Deborah’s older brother; Lenox is Barbara, Lawrence’s wife who helped raised Deborah and Sonny (Carroll) after Henrietta’s death; and finally Robinson is Day Lacks, Henrietta’s widower and father of their children.

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Rose Bryne, Oprah Winfrey Journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) accompanies Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) to Johns Hopkins Hospital to learn more about the mother she never knew
‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ – Journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) accompanies Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey) to Johns Hopkins Hospital to learn more about the mother she never knew

George C. Wolfe directs from his screenplay adaptation of Skloot’s book.

Now that we know it will premiere in April, can we lock this one up as a very likely multiple Emmy nominee this year?

Oprah Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher executive produce. A Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic production.

Click on the image below to pick up a copy of the book the telepic is based on and read it before its April premiere.

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