LisaGay Hamilton, Bashir Salahuddin, Shaun J. Brown are cast in Hulu’s limited series The Dropout, which is based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Michaela Watkins, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kevin Sussman, Sam Straley also star.
The Dropout centers on Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried), the enigmatic Stanford dropout who founded medical testing start-up Theranos, was lauded as a Steve Jobs for the next tech generation. Once worth billions of dollars, the myth crumbled when it was revealed that none of the tech actually worked, putting thousands of people’s health in grave danger. Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?
Liz Meriwether created the series and will executive produced the series and also serve as the showrunner. Michael Showalter is set to direct multiple episodes and will also serve as executive producer.
Hart Bochner, James Hiroyuki Liao, Nicky Endres, Camryn Mi-Young Kim, Andrew Leeds, William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin and Josh Pais will also star in the series
Salahuddin will appear as Brendan Morris. Gruff yet intelligent, he is a lead electrical engineer at Elizabeth’s start-up, who takes the company’s tech in a different direction. Hamilton will play Judith Baker, Senior Editor as The Wall Street Journal. Brown plays Daniel Young, a scientist who oversees the Theranos engineers.
Moss-Bachrach is John Carreyrou, award-winning journalist at The Wall Street Journal. He writes the article that helps reveal the truth behind Elizabeth Holmes and the inner workings of Theranos. Sussman plays Mark Roessler, scientist in charge of labs at Theranos.
Straley portrays Christian Holmes, Elizabeth’s younger brother who works at Theranos. Minnette will play Tyler Shultz, A biology major at the University of Stanford, and the grandson of George Shultz. After getting his first ever job at Theranos, he finds out that the company is manipulating data.
Bochner takes on Larry Ellison. Handsome, charismatic and wealthy, he’s interested in Elizabeth’s cutting-edge home healthcare innovation. Rajskub will play Lorraine Fuisz, Richard Fuisz’s (Macy) wife. Ruck is Jay Rosan. Jay works for Walgreens at the corporate headquarters in Chicago as part of the “Innovation Team”. He believes that Walgreens has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime.
Hiroyuki Liao will play Edmond Ku. He is head of engineering at Elizabeth’s start-up, working feverishly to finish the prototype on a device that could reshape the healthcare industry. Endres plays Ana Arriola. Ana was a big designer at Apple, who Elizabeth recruited. She has reservations about how they’re testing the Theranos prototype.
Kim will play Erika Cheung. A recent Berkeley graduate, she makes the decision to skip grad school to work at Theranos. After discovering the company is manipulating data, she sets off to find out, and ultimately expose, the truth. Leeds will appear as Roland. A know-it-all, he is the “Yes Man” to the CFO of Walgreen’s.
The series comes from Meriwether, Searchlight Television and Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television.