The Oscar-nominated Mank actress has been tapped to replace Kate McKinnon and star as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s highly anticipated limited series The Dropout.
Based on the ABC News podcast, the limited series traces how Theranos founder Holmes raised hundreds of millions to fund the biotech startup and became a media darling while hiding the fact that her touted blood-testing machine didn’t really work. The drama is based on an ABC News podcast of the same name, which also was the basis for a 20/20 episode.
Showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl), Liz Heldens (The Passage), Liz Hannah, Katherine Pope, podcast host/ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn exec produce. The series is from Searchlight’s TV division and 20th Television. Seyfried will also be credited as a producer on The Dropout.
Deadline — Production gets underway next week in the U.S. on feature drama A Mouthful Of Air, starring Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Amy Irving (Yentl), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways).
Written and directed by Amy Koppelman (I Smile Back) and based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the script is a character piece examining the relationship between the creative process and mental illness. Seyfried will star as Julie, a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her post partum depression.
Wittrock will play Ethan, Julie’s husband. Irving will play Julie’s mother, Carpenter will play her sister in law and Giamatti will play her doctor.
The film is being produced by Mike Harrop, Koppelman, Seyfried, Lee Cohen MD and Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. Jenny Halper brought the project into Maven. Cinetic arranged financing and is repping North America.
Seyfried recently starred alongside Milo Ventimiglia in Simon Curtis’ adaptation of The Art Of Racing In The Rain. Next year, she will star opposite Kevin Bacon in David Koepp’s You Should Have Left. She will also lend her voice to the Warner Bros animated film Scoob. She is repped by Innovative and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.
The Wrap — Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried have joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo animated feature “Scoob,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Efron will voice Fred, while Seyfried will play Daphne. Tony Cervone is directing, while Chris Columbus, Charles Roven, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate are serving as producers.
Gina Rodriguez will voice Velma, while Will Forte will play Shaggy and Tracy Morgan will voice Captain Caveman — not part of the Scooby-Doo universe but a Hanna-Barbera character like the Scooby gang. Frank Welker will be voicing Scooby.
In the film, the Mystery Inc. group will team up with other members of the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from Dick Dastardly.
The last “Scooby” film to hit theaters was “Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed” in 2004. That film made $84.2 million at the box office. It served as a sequel to 2002’s “Scooby-Doo,” which earned $153.3 million. The originally television series debuted in 1969, and many spin-off series have been produced since due to its success.
Efron most recently starred in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” and “The Greatest Showman,” and will next be seen opposite Matthew McConaughey in “The Beach Bum.” He is represented by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment and Viewpoint.
Seyfried was last seen in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and will next appear in “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “You Should Have Left.” She is represented by Innovative Artists and Relevant.