HBO has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming docudrama The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, scheduled to air on April 22, at 8pm.
Based on Rebecca Skloot’s book of the same name, the film explores the life of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore County Afro-American woman whose cells were taken from her when she was a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, the year of her death (when she was only 31) and developed into the first immortal cell line.
The cast ensemble includes Oprah Winfrey, who plays Dorothy, Lack’s daughter, Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays Henrietta, Rose Byrne, who plays Rebecca Skloot, the journalist that helped Dorothy investigate her mother’s history.
The first trailer reveals some of the important scenes, such as Lack’s visit to the hospital, the doctors’ insistence that Lack’s name should not be mentioned in the studies that were done on the cells they illegally harvested, and others. “I am tired of wanting to know and hidin'”, says Oprah’s character in the trailer, whose struggle made her shed tears not once.
The song used in the trailer is the 2017 single “Savages” of the American artist Anna Mae.