The movie, which stars Oprah Winfrey, explores the life of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore County woman whose cells were taken from her when she was a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. The cells were later developed into the first immortal cell line, and continue to be used in medical research.
Winfrey plays Lacks' daughter Deborah in the movie, based on Rebecca Skloot's book of the same name. It will premiere 8 p.m. April 22.
If some of the scenes in the trailer look familiar, a film crew — including Winfrey and Rose Byrne, who plays Skloot — were in Baltimore shooting the movie in September. (Not shown: the Pappas crabcakes feast Winfrey bought for the crew.)
Also this week, Lacks' son Lawrence Lacks told The Baltimore Sun that the family wants compensation from Johns Hopkins University and potentially other institutions for the use of his mother's cells.