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Aha! Oprah Winfrey to lead HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

on May 02, 2016, 3:22pm

And just like that, Oprah Winfrey is back in another film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the multi-talented media proprietor has signed on to star and executive produce HBO’s adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Broadway director George C. Wolfe penned the screenplay and will direct the picture which starts shooting this summer. For veracity, Lacks’ surviving sons and granddaughter will serve as consultants.

In the meantime, Winfrey can next be seen in OWN’s religious drama, Greenleaf, which marks her first recurring gig for scripted TV in more than two decades. Sadly, no one gets an iPad after watching.

Below, revisit Quincy Jones’ baller Oprah theme from ages ago. You deserve it:

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