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Kate McKinnon to play Elizabeth Holmes in new series based on The Dropout

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There will soon be another way to sate your Elizabeth Holmes fascination.

The true story of tech founder Elizabeth Holmes is a fascinating one.

The world’s youngest female self-made billionaire, Holmes shot to fame with her blood-testing company Theranos, only for it to be later revealed that all of her claims were false and the technology was inaccurate.

The demise of Holmes and her company has been told in several ways already. You can read the book Bad Blood, written by investigator reporter John Carreyrou, the man who first exposed the Theranos fraud at the Wall Street Journal in 2015. Or you can listen to The Dropout, an addictive five-part podcast that goes deep inside the Theranos scandal and sheds some light on how Holmes is spending her days in San Francisco as she awaits trial.

And now excitingly, Variety has reported that this brilliant podcast might be made into a TV series by Hulu, with Kate McKinnon set to star and executive produce.

Although Hulu is yet to comment on the perspective show, Rebecca Jarvis who hosted the podcast, is said to executive produce the series, and podcast producers Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn may also produce.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Kate McKinnon attends Hulu's "Shrill" New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Holmes’ story is so insatiably intriguing partly because of the measures she went to, to present herself as a success story.

Creating a Steve Jobs-inspired persona for herself, she started speaking in a lower tone of voice to command more attention and respect, blinked infrequently and wore a uniform of black turtlenecks.

She appeared on the cover of T, the New York Times’ style magazine, Inc, Fortune and Forbes, received investment from the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Betsy DeVos and became friends with some of the most influential people in the world – much of which will be explored in the series, as well as what she’s doing now.

Currently, Holmes is being tried in the Californian courts on the charges of defrauding investors and doctors and patients about the accuracy of Theranos’ Edison blood-testing machine. If found guilty, Holmes could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of wire fraud and conspiracy. 

All of this and more is expected to be covered in the dramatised retelling of her story, and we’ll keep you posted with more information when we have it. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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