Kate McKinnon is coming to Hulu. The SNL actress has been cast in an upcoming Hulu show called The Dropout which is based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast of the same name about Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. McKinnon will play Holmes, the tech prodigy-turned-notorious fraudster. The Ghostbusters star will also serve as executive producer.
Producers of The Dropout podcast, Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, will also serve as producers. ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, Rebecca Jarvis, has also signed on to produce.
The fascination with Holmes has been explosive since John Carreyrou’s 2018 book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup outed her and Theranos as a fraud. Holmes claimed to revolutionize the healthcare-tech industry with a product that would revolutionize blood testing by using surprisingly small volumes of blood. While Theranos was valued at $9 billion, the product did not work. Since her fall from grace, Holmes has been the subject of several documentaries including HBO’s The Inventor.
Kate McKinnon turns to drama
McKinnon’s career is on the rise as it branches out into feature films in addition to her work on Saturday Night Live, for which she earned five consecutive Emmy nominations. But she hasn’t had much opportunity to prove herself as a dramatic actress. The Dropout seems like it will be just that, even in a miniseries that may have a sprinkle of comedy.
The Dropout will be the third original miniseries from Hulu after 2016’s 11.22.63 and The Looming Tower in 2018. McKinnon worked with Hulu before on the original TV show The Awesomes in which she voiced Lola Gold. Late this year, she’ll star in Yesterday and the Fox News film Fair and Balanced.
McKinnon isn’t the first SNL star to find a home on the streaming service. Aidy Bryant stars in the smash hit Shrill which came out last month.
While not much is yet known about the miniseries, Deadline reports that it will likely be between six and ten episodes.