Oprah will star in this science-based HBO film, and the trailer for it looks ah-mazing

We can never get enough Oprah news, and when it’s about a new film that has so much cool science it’s hard to believe it isn’t sci-fi, we’re even more excited!

Oprah Winfrey is set to star in a new HBO film based on the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which follows the story of an African-American woman whose cells were taken without her, or her family’s, knowledge.

Despite the tragic backstory, Henrietta’s cells turned out to be a medical marvel.

Lacks died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, where doctors then took cells from her cancerous tumor.

Her cells, dubbed HeLa, became a medical marvel because they could reproduce over and over. Lacks’ cell line helped lead to in-depth research on diseases such as cancer, polio and AIDS.

Now Lacks’ story, first told by Rebcca Skloot in her 2010 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be a biopic with Winfrey playing Lacks’ youngest daughter, Deborah.

The film chronicles Deborah yearning to learn more about a mother she never knew, and to understand how something as small as her mother’s cells could lead to incredible scientific breakthroughs.

Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, tells Lacks’ family “there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t benefited from your mother’s cells.

However, going back to their mother’s passing brings up mixed emotions for the whole family. This is where Winfrey proves yet again her ability to pull at our heartstrings.

“My whole life what I cared about is knowing about my mother. I am tired of wanting to know and hiding. Deborah emotionally explains.

Love knows no bounds, especially a daughter’s love for her mother.

Watch the trailer below.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks airs on HBO on April 22.

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