Jennifer Lawrence will no longer be portraying the disgraced former biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes after watching Amanda Seyfried’s performance as the Theranos founder in the Hulu limited series The Dropout.
The Academy Award-winning actress was previously tied to the Apple Original Films project Bad Blood, based on the 2018 nonfiction work Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by journalist John Carreyrou. Lawrence would have starred as the infamous fraudster, directed by Don’t Look Up‘s Adam McKay.
In a new interview with the New York Times, Lawrence explained why she would be exiting the film following Seyfried’s Emmy-winning portrayal in The Dropout. “I thought she was terrific,” Lawrence told the publication. “I was like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to redo that.’ She did it.”
Reporter Kyle Buchanan tweeted the sentiment, adding that the star arrived for her interview in a black turtleneck. “I tried on a hundred outfits for this and ended up just looking like Steve Jobs. Or Amanda Seyfried,” said Lawrence.
Famous for her black turtlenecks and adoration for Steve Jobs, Holmes once claimed to have had 150 black turtlenecks on rotation.
The Dropout is based on the 2019 ABC News podcast of the same name and follows the true story of Holmes’ journey creating Theranos, and the lengths at which she was willing go to appear successful. Holmes was convicted of defrauding investors in connection with her blood-testing startup.
Seyfried took home the 2022 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her transformation into the founder. “It was the biggest challenge of my career,” Seyfried told GRAZIA USA.
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