For awhile, Theranos was the darling of Silicon Valley — a firm whose putatively revolutionary blood-testing device was evidence that the lucrative tech world could indeed forge humanitarian paths. But Theranos’ technology has been discredited — not to mention subject to criminal investigation — and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, once praised by Forbes as America’s richest self-made woman, has been disgraced. Earlier this month, Forbes backpedaled, placing the 32-year-old Holmes’ net worth at exactly zero.
It’s a sensational story that is now the stuff of Hollywood drama. Deadline reported Thursday night that Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Holmes in a forthcoming biopic to be directed by Adam McKay. Once known as an auteur of the bro comedy — he directed Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, to name a few — McKay has successfully pivoted towards more serious filmmaking, thanks to the success of The Big Short, his clever dramatization of the 2008 financial crisis.
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