Kate McKinnon exits The Dropout

The project was set to begin filming in May 2021.

Ghostbusters Kate McKinnon has exited the upcoming drama The Dropout which will explore the rise and fall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. 

She was set to star as the former billionaire who falsely claimed to have invented technology which could test for a huge variety of diseases from a tiny droplet of blood. 

McKinnon’s reasons for exiting the show are currently unclear but it’s been confirmed that the search is underway for a new lead.

The Dropout will serve as an adaptation of the podcast of the same name by American journalist Rebecca Jarvis and ABC News which was released in February 2019. 

It was originally slated to begin production in May after McKinnon finished filming the current season of Saturday Night Live but it’s not clear if this date will still be met. 

The Big Short director Adam McKay is also working on a feature film about the Theranos scandal titled Bad Blood which will see Academy-Award winner Jennifer Lawrence play Elizabeth Holmes. 

McKinnon is still slated to star in one of two planned series about flamboyant zoo owner Joe Exotic as his longtime rival and eccentric Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin. 

A release date for The Dropout is not yet available but it will stream here in the UK on Disney+ through their Star channel. 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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