Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry has just landed a new role, this time opposite Oprah Winfrey in the upcoming HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. According to Deadline.com, Goldsberry will play Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancerous cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. The story will develop through Lacks’ daughter, played by Winfrey, in her search to learn about her mother and discover how the use of her cancerous cells allowed a breakthrough in medicine.
George C. Wolfe, who directed Angels In America on Broadway, was in charge of the book adaptation and will also be in charge of directin the film.
The project still has no premiere date.
The Hamilton actress is also to join the Netflix production, Altered Carbon, a 10-episode sci-fi drama starring Joel Kinnaman. Goldsberry is still performing as Angelica Schuyler, but it has been reported that the actress will leave the musical later this fall.