Amanda Seyfried poses for a photograph.
Amanda Seyfried will portray Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in the upcoming series “The Dropout.”
Seyfried will replace Kate McKinnon for the role after the “Saturday Night Live” cast member exited the project in February, according to the Independent.
Seyfried will also act as a producer on the show, “Deadline” reported on Monday.
The series is based on the podcast of the same name hosted by Rebecca Jarvis and released by ABC News in 2019.
No reason was given when McKinnon’s departure was announced earlier this year, but many comedians and actors have had to shift their schedules due to production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” directed by Alex Gibney, also examined the Theranos story. Journalist John Carreyrou investigated the now-defunct company in his book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” published in 2018.
A film adaptation of the book, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes, has been announced, with Adam McKay directing.
In real life, Holmes was indicted in 2018 on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She has pleaded not guilty and is still awaiting trial after the pandemic delayed the proceedings.
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