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‘The Dropout’ Adds More Recurring Actors to Star in Limited Series

Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout” is rounding out its cast with LisaGay Hamilton (To Kill A Mockingbird), Michaela Watkins (Werewolves Within), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (NOS4A2), Kevin Sussman (The Big Bang Theory), Sam Straley (Hala) and Shaun J. Brown.  The new additions will have recurring roles and star opposite Amanda Seyfried and Naveen Andrews in the upcoming series about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.

(L-R) LisaGay Hamilton, Michaela Watkins, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Kevin Sussman and Shaun Brown
Credit: Disney

“The Dropout” is based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast. Holmes (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?

Here are the roles the newly cast actors will play according to Deadline:

Hamilton will play Judith Baker, Senior Editor as The Wall Street Journal.

Watkins will portray Linda Tanner, the in-house lawyer at Theranos.

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 is Mark Roessler, scientist in charge of labs at Theranos.

Straley portrays Christian Holmes, Elizabeth’s younger brother who works at Theranos.

Brown plays Daniel Young, a  scientist who oversees the Theranos engineers.

The limited series will also feature William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin and Josh Pais.  Additional recently announced cast members include Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Bashir Salahuddin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Hart Bochner, James Hiroyuki Liao, Nicky Endres, Camryn Mi-Young Kim, Andrew Leeds, Sam Waterston, Kurtwood Smith, and Anne Archer.

The series is set to be executive produced by the podcast’s host/creator Rebecca Jarvis and producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson.

Michael Showalter is set to direct multiple episodes and will also serve as executive producer.

The series hails from Liz Meriwether, Searchlight Television and Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television.

Production is scheduled to begin this summer.

Source: Deadline

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