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Disgraced healthcare guru Elizabeth Holmes has already been the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor. Now, Kate McKinnon will executive produce and star as Holmes in the Hulu limited series The Dropout, about the billionaire who founded the company Theranos and defrauded the healthcare industry with a method that was supposed to revolutionize blood testing, Deadline reports.
McKinnon, an Emmy-award winner for Saturday Night Live, where she's renowned for her inspired impersonations of Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Kellyanne Conway, and even Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani, is not new to Holmes's story as she's already an executive producer on the Dropout podcast, which premiered in January.
The six-10 episode series is a collaboration among Disney properties, including newly acquired Fox Searchlight, Hulu (20th Century Fox has a 30 percent stake), and ABC News.
Holmes, a chemical engineering student who dropped out of Stanford at 19, eventually launched Theranos and became the youngest self-made female billionaire. She was widely hailed as "the next Steve Jobs."
By 2014, Holmes was the toast of Silicon Valley, but within two years, the company's problems were exposed. In 2015, the FDA began investigating Theranos, and found "major inaccuracies" in Theranos's testing on patients. That same year, the Wall Street Journal published a story exposing Holmes and Theranos. Holmes was charged with "massive fraud." It took several years, but in 2018, the Department of Justice charged her with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Best known for her starring on SNL, McKinnon's movie roles include The Spy Who Dumped Me and Ghostbusters.