Kate McKinnon Will Star as Elizabeth Holmes in a New Hulu Series


Not too long ago, Elizabeth Holmes was on track to become the next Steve Jobs thanks to her medical testing company, Theranos, which promised to revolutionize the healthcare industry. Turns out she the whole thing was a scam, and her world came crashing down last year when she was indicted on several charges. Her story became the subject of John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood, which will also be turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, and the HBO documentary The Inventor, released earlier this year.

Now, it’s Hulu’s turn to tell Holmes’ story with its new limited series, The Dropout, starring Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, McKinnon will not only star as the disgraced tech entrepreneur but will also executive produce the drama series, which is expected to be about six to 10 episodes long. Judging from the title, The Dropout (which is also the title of a podcast about Holmes’ rise and rapid fall) will follow Holmes dropping out of Stanford University at 19 to launch her company to the current day. THR says the upcoming series “traces how Holmes raised hundreds of millions to fund biotech startup Theranos and became a media darling while hiding the fact that her touted blood-testing machine didn’t really work.”

McKinnon will executive produce the series alongsideThe Dropout podcast host/creator Rebecca Jarvis and the podcast’s producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson.

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Last June, Holmes and former Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani were charged on nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison.


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