Hulu has released the trailer and first look images for its upcoming limited series about Theranos founder and world-class fraud Elizabeth Holmes, The Dropout.
Hunh. It looks great and we have no doubt in Seyfried’s ability as an actress, but Holmes is such a distinctive figure with such an unusual persona and way of conducting herself. We can’t help thinking if you’re not nailing her idiosyncrasies, you’re not quite conveying how affected she was and the effect she had on people. We don’t want to say that she’s too physically pretty for the role, but she almost plays her too pretty? We don’t think Holmes’ need to project such a false image of herself stemmed from inner self-confidence, if that makes any sense. Anyway, that may be beside the point. As we said, she’s a good actress and the rest of the cast looks amazing. Mimicry in biopics, as we’ve noted many times over the past year in talking about Spencer and Being the Ricardos, is not the be-all and end-all. This is a great story and it looks like they’ve got a handle on it, our reservations about the lead performance aside.
SYNOPSIS: Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout,” the story of Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) 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?
CAST: “The Dropout” stars Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes and Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani. The limited series also includes guest stars Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Michel Gill, LisaGay Hamilton, William H. Macy, Elizabeth Marvel, Laurie Metcalf, Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Sam Waterston, Michaela Watkins and more.
CREDITS: The series is executive produced by showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether, Liz Heldens, Liz Hannah, Katherine Pope, Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn. Michael Showalter directs multiple episodes and also serves as an executive producer along with his Semi-Formal Productions producing partner Jordana Mollick. The series comes to Hulu from Searchlight Television and 20th Television. This is Searchlight Television’s first production.
The limited series premieres on Thursday, March 3rd with three episodes.
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