Deadline brings words that writer and director Adam Mckay and star Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, X-Men) are attached to an untitled project that will center on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
Holmes founded the private blood-testing company Theranos in 2003 and was named the richest self-made woman by Forbes last year, with an estimated value of $4.5 billion. Following allegations of inaccurate test results and pending investigations, Forbes revised their estimate of her net worth to zero.
Adam Mckay wrote and directed The Big Short, which was also a cautionary tale about finance, exploring the state of Wall Street prior to the recession. The Big Short was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted screenplay, of which it won the latter. Mckay will write, direct and produce the Elizabeth Holmes movie through his Gary Sanchez Productions.
Jennifer Lawrence previously played a rich self-made businesswoman in 2015’s Joy, the David O. Russel biopic about Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop. Lawrence was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. Aside from starring, she will also co-produce the untitled Elizabeth Holmes movie along with McKay.
No distributor is attached to the project yet, but a bidding war for the rights is expected to take place in the following weeks.