- Jennifer Lawrence thought Amanda Seyfried’s performance as Elizabeth Holmes was “terrific.”
- Lawrence told a New York Times reporter she’s no longer going to play Holmes in an upcoming movie.
- “I was like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to redo that.’ She did it,” Lawrence said.
You will not be seeing Jennifer Lawrence in the famous Elizabeth Holmes black turtleneck.
According to New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan, who recently profiled the Oscar-winner, the star revealed to him that after she watched Amanda Seyfried’s performance in Hulu’s “The Dropout,” she’s passing on the role that she was supposed to play in Adam McKay’s upcoming movie on the Theranos CEO.
“I thought she was terrific,” Buchanan said Lawrence told her. “I was like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to redo that.’ She did it.”
—Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) November 2, 2022
Insider contacted reps for Lawrence and McKay but didn’t get a response.
Back in January, while Insider spoke to McKay about his Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up,” we brought up Lawrence playing Holmes. Specifically, if she had been messing around with talking in Holmes’ unique deep voice.
“I haven’t made her do it for me yet,” McKay said of the voice. “She said she’s been working on it.”
“She’s born to play that role,” McKay added of Lawrence playing Holmes. “With the voice, she said she’s feeling it. She’s excited.”
But that was before Seyfried wowed audiences as Holmes in “The Dropout” and earned an Emmy win.
McKay, who had just worked with Lawrence on “Don’t Look Up,” will have to go back to the drawing board to adapt John Carreyrou’s 2018 nonfiction book “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley.” The project is being produced by Apple Original Films.
Theranos was a multibillion-dollar startup founded by Holmes that was thought to be a game-changer in the medical field as Holmes boasted that her blood-testing machines could run a wide range of lab tests with just a few drops of patients’ blood from a finger prick. She was built up to be the next Steve Jobs.
It turned out to be a bust and ended in Holmes being convicted in January of three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.