SNL's Kate McKinnon To Star As Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes In New Series

Will Heath for NBC

Will Heath for NBC

Per the report (via the podcast' description), The Dropout will explore Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos in an "unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong".

Hulu is eyeing a series order for "The Dropout", a limited series about Elizabeth Holmes, with Kate McKinnon set to play the disgraced tech whiz, Variety has learned.

The series, which could range between six and 10 episodes, according to Deadline, would be based on ABC Radio's podcast called "The Dropout".

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McKinnon will be joined on the production front by major players from ABC's Dropout podcast, including its host and creator Rebecca Jarvis. Theranos said it could perform dozens of tests with just a few droplets of blood - a claim that led to millions of dollars in investments and eventually a $9 billion valuation. The paper discovered Theranos' technology was not all it was cracked up to be, allegedly using routine blood-testing equipment for the vast majority of tests rather than the revolutionary technology Theranos touted. Well, Holmes and Theranos did change the world, but the company didn't do what it promised.

A film version of "Bad Blood", the book by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou which chronicles Theranos' eventual demise, is in development, with Jennifer Lawrence set to star as Holmes, "Vice" director Adam McKay pegged to direct, and "The Shape of Water" co-writer Vanessa Taylor penning the script. Holmes-and the company's former COO and President, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani-pled not guilty to nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Hulu did not respond to TV Guide's request for comment.

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