Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Kate McKinnon to star as Elizabeth Holmes in limited series for Hulu

Kate McKinnon Elizabeth Holmes Kate McKinnon to Play Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’
Charles Bowen | 12 April, 2019, 02:56

Deadline is reporting that Hulu is closing in on a deal to acquire the Kate McKinnon-produced series The Dropout, based on ABC News/ABC Radio's podcast the chronicled the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes.

The title refers to the fact Holmes dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a company which invented the Edison machine, a revolutionary diagnostic tool that promised to give patients a cheap way to test their blood for 200 diseases at their local drug store with just a finger-prick.

The series, reportedly titled The Dropout, aims to dramatize Jarvis's factual reporting on Theranos, previously seen in ABC's podcast and documentary of the same name.

McKinnon will be joined on the production front by major players from ABC's Dropout podcast, including its host and creator Rebecca Jarvis. But the essentials are this: Holmes bamboozled a host of big-money types into funding her company whose product could never work, and she was eventually arrested (she's now under house arrest awaiting trial).

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"The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way?"

The limited series would come after HBO's Theranos-inspired documentary called "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley", and also follows the news actress Jennifer Lawrence is slated to play Holmes in a soon-to-be-released movie about the disgraced entrepreneur called "Bad Blood".

Later, Holmes was charged with "11 criminal felony counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy", Vanity Fair reported in February.

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