Jennifer Lawrence is joining forces with The Big Short filmmaker Adam McKay for a medical industry drama about Elizabeth Holmes, the controversial founder of health technology and medical-laboratory-services company Theranos. Lawrence will star in and produce the biopic, while McKay is set to produce and direct.
Just last year, Forbes reported that the pioneering Holmes was the richest self-made woman in America, with a net worth estimated at $4.5 billion. Allegations that Theranos’ blood tests are inaccurate quickly caused the company’s value to plummet, which resulted in Forbes revising its estimate to zero.
Since she began the start-up company at the age of 19, while still a sophomore at Stanford, the entrepreneur’s life has been filled with amazing highs and devastating lows. Her technology supposedly made it possible for blood to be tested with a pin prick instead of a needle. With lots of buzz surrounding Theranos, it drew many eager investors and the business grew by leaps and bounds.
But as Fortune reports, “[the company’s] rise came to an abrupt halt late last year when the Wall Street Journal published a story questioning the company’s claims about its technology. Despite the company and Holmes’s fervid attempts to deny the allegations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cited “serious deficiencies” with Theranos’ lab. Walgreens took steps to end its partnership. In April, federal prosecutors launched a criminal investigation, seeking to discover whether Theranos had misled investors. A class action lawsuit was filed not long after.
This is one of several compelling biopics Jennifer Lawrence has become involved with lately. She recently starred as another self-made entrepreneur in Joy, and she will soon take on the role of war-time photographer-turned prisoner Lynsey Addario in It’s What I Do. The Oscar-winner will next be seen opposite Chris Pratt in the sci-fi adventure Passengers, out December 21.