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'Henrietta Lacks' movie starring Oprah Winfrey to film in Baltimore next week

HBO movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" starring Oprah Winfrey will film in Baltimore next week.

Filming for the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey, will be held in Baltimore next week, according to casting company Marinella Hume Casting's co-founder Bill Marinella.

Filming will take place from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, according to the casting company, which is also holding an online call for background actors in the film. People interested in roles can submit their information via email to be considered. 

The film, adapted from Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name, is based on the life of a Baltimore County woman whose cells were taken from her while she was a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. The cells were later harvested without her or her family’s knowledge and developed into the first immortal cell line, which continues to be used in medical research.

Winfrey, who will also serve as the film’s executive producer, will portray Lacks’ daughter, Deborah, through whose eyes the story will be told.

For more information, you can visit Marinella Hume Casting’s Facebook page or contact them at

Baltimore Sun reporter Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article.

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