Kate Mckinnon has retired from the upcoming TV series The Dropout

Kate Mckinnon has retired from the upcoming TV series The Dropout

The Ghostbusters star was set to portray the embarrassed Elizabeth Holmes, the woman who shot up as one of the youngest self-made billionaires in 2014 after claiming that scientists at her biotech company Theranos were revolutionizing blood testing with just one needle prick of blood usual syringe method.

However, her blood test machine didn’t really work and the results were inaccurate. In 2018, she and a former Theranos boss were charged with a series of wire fraud cases and conspiracies to bring wire fraud charges for falsifying results to consumers.

The show, based on the podcast of the same name, received a series contract in 2019 with McKinnon on board as executive producer and star, but has now left the project.

According to Deadline, Hulu officials are still planning to move the miniseries forward and are currently looking for a replacement before production is scheduled for the summer.

It’s the latest on-screen project to explore Holmes’ history – it was also the subject of the 2020 documentary The Inventor, directed by Alex Gibney.

Jennifer Lawrence had also previously been linked to the role of Holmes in a planned Adam McKay film called Bad Blood, although it is unclear whether the film, originally announced in 2016, is still under development.

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