Damages alumna Rose Byrne has been cast opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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.
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Byrne’s most recent film credits include X-Men: Apocalypse and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She previously starred opposite Glenn Close in FX’s Damages. She has also formed a Sydney-based production company called The Dollhouse Collective, whose mission statement is to focus on being champions of change, risk takers, friends and passionate storytellers. Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM.
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17 July 2016 admin Comment New project, News