Rose Byrne to Star Opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films’ ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Rose Byrne is headed to HBO.

The Emmy-nominated singer is set to star conflicting Oprah Winfrey in a compensate cabler’s arriving film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Based on Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction best-seller of a same name, a biopic tells a story of Henrietta Lacks (Winfrey), a bad black lady who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her consent, pieces of a growth that killed her were private and used for medical scrutiny and to build a billion-dollar investigate industry.

Byrne will play Skloot, who as a immature publisher shaped a tighten bond with Henrietta’s charismatic nonetheless difficult daughter Deborah as partial of her bid to tell a story of Henrietta and her “immortal” cells, that resulted in her best-selling book.

Winfrey will exec-produce with Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood), Peter Macdissi (Banshee), Carla Gardini (The Hundred-Foot Journey) and Lydia Dean Pilcher (You Don’t Know Jack). Skloot will co-executive furnish a film, that hails from Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic Production.

George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues, Angels in America) wrote a screenplay and will approach a telepic, that starts prolongation this summer.

Additionally, Lacks’ sons, David Lacks, Jr. and Zakariyya Rahman, and granddaughter Jeri Lacks will offer as consultants.

Since her five-season army on Damages, a in-demand Byrne has especially seemed on a large screen, starring in comedies such as Neighbors and Spy, as good as blockbusters like X-Men: Apocalypse.

The news comes a day after HBO netted 94 Emmy nominations, including mixed nominations for HBO Films’ Confirmation and All a Way. 

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