Amanda Seyfried’s upcoming TV series The Dropout has been building an impressive cast, with The Big Bang Theory‘s Kevin Sussman among the newly-announced additions.
The Hulu show will see the Mamma Mia! actress play controversial real-life figure Elizabeth Holmes, who was once worth billions after founding tech start-up Theranos.
Based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast, The Dropout will document her rise and fall after it was revealed that the key health technology Theranos sold didn’t actually work, putting thousands of people at risk.
Sussman, who played Stuart Bloom on The Big Bang Theory, is set to take on the role of Mark Roessler, the scientist in charge of labs at Theranos.
Also on board is LisaGay Hamilton (Elementary) as Judith Baker, Senior Editor at The Wall Street Journal and Michaela Watkins (Werewolves Within) as Linda Tanner, the in-house lawyer at Theranos.
Ebon Moss-Bachrach (NOS4A2) plays the role of John Carreyrou, the award-winning journalist who writes the article that helps expose the truth behind Holmes and Theranos.
Sam Straley (Hala) plays Christian, Holmes’s younger brother, and Shaun J Brown (Monster) is Daniel Young, a scientist who oversees the Theranos engineers.
The Dropout is created and executive produced by Liz Meriwether (New Girl), though an air date is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, earlier this year Seyfried landed her first Oscar nomination for Mank, the star admitting at the time that it was “a big turning point” for her.
“It’s really nice,” she said. “To be recognised by your peers – you don’t expect it but when it happens, it just deepens my clarity on having chosen my career.”
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