Oprah Winfrey is set to star in HBO Films’ THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. George C. Wolfe penned the adaptation and will direct. The project 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, 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 lives and the face of medicine forever.
Winfrey is executive producing the TV movie alongside Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini, and Lydia Dean Pilcher.
Winfrey is repped by WME.
John Krasinski is headed back to television after booking role of legendary JACK RYAN in Amazon’s new TV series based on the popular Tom Clancy novels. The show is not a direct adaptation of the books like the first movies but a new contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material.
Krasinski is repped by WME.
Brandon Michael Hall, Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Parker Posey, and Christine Taylor are joining the SEARCH PARTY. The TBS series is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance named Chantal suddenly disappears. Hall is set as series regular, Julian, a journalist who seeks the truth no matter who it hurts. Perez, Livingston, Posey, and Taylor will all recur on the series.
Hall is repped by Paradigm. Perez is repped by Innovative Artists and Silver Lining Entertainment. Livingston is repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment. Posey is repped by Gersh and Authentic Talent And Literary Agency. Taylor is repped by UTA.
Nick Taraby has been cast in season two for Syfy’s THE EXPANSE. He is set as Coyter, a former spy now working in the private sector who is approached by Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) about working undercover for her.
Taraby is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Kristen Hager has been tapped for the Reelz miniseries THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT, starring Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry. She is set to play Joan Kennedy, the wife of Ted Kennedy (Perry). The series will watch her struggle with her own insecurities and her husband’s indiscretions and through alcoholism and depression before eventually finding her strength and a renewed sense of self worth.
FUTURE MAN has added Derek Wilson to co-star with Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe. The Hulu comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg centers on Josh Futterman (Hutcherson), a janitor by day, world-ranked gamer by night, who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion. Wilson was cast as Wolf, a futuristic soldier, another character in the Cybergeddon video game.
Wilson is repped by Gartner/Green and Innovative Artists.
Emily J | Staff Writer