Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout” has added Sam Waterston (Law & Order), Kurtwood Smith (Patriot) and Anne Archer (Paper Empire) for recurring roles. They will join Amanda Seyfried and Naveen Andrews in the upcoming series about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.
“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 be playing according to Deadline:
Waterston will play George Schultz, former Secretary of State (among other high-level Cabinet posts), he was also an economist, diplomat, businessman and a major leader in shaping the foreign policy of the Ronald Reagan administration.
Smith portrays David Boies, the high-powered lawyer representing Elizabeth Holmes in court.
Archer is Charlotte Schultz, George Schultz’s wife.
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 and Andrew Leeds.
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.
Production is scheduled to begin this summer.