Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Holmes are two women who are in stark contrast to each other. While Lawrence is a self-made multi-millionaire and an Academy Award-winning actor who has been honing her craft since she was a teenager, Holmes is a convicted fraudster who lied her way to becoming the youngest woman billionaire through her company, Theranos.
In 2016, Deadline Hollywood had published a report that Lawrence would be portraying Holmes in a film based on the book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou, which was then unpublished. The film was set to be directed by Adam McKay, the director of Don’t Look Up and The Big Short.
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The project moved forward, and in 2021, it was announced that Apple Studios would be producing and distributing the film while Legendary Pictures would come on board as a co-producer.
However, things took a sour turn in March 2022, when a miniseries called The Dropout was released by Hulu, with Amanda Seyfried portraying the disgraced entrepreneur.
Lawrence, during the promotion of her latest film, The Causeway, revealed to New York Times writer Kyle Buchanan that she chose to drop the project after seeing the miniseries. Lawrence’s exact comment was, “I was like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to redo that.’ She did it.”
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Buchanan further revealed that Lawrence did try out costumes for portraying Holmes: ‘I tried on a hundred outfits for this and ended up just looking like Steve Jobs. Or Amanda Seyfried.’
Lawrence has recently received some flak on social media for claiming that The Hunger Games was the first time a female actor had been cast as the lead of an action film.
Holmes, on the other hand, has appealed her sentence of 11 years and 3 months. She has to surrender herself by April 2023. Her co-conspirator, Sunny Balwani, was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in jail on December 7, 2022.