Amanda Seyfried does the voice
The truth was, she wasn’t. After a massive public appraisal, the company was investigated and Holmes was found guilty of defrauding investors. In the trailer for “The Dropout,” however, we don’t see a criminal mastermind but an enthusiastic young woman who seems to believe wholeheartedly that she can revolutionize healthcare. She quotes Yoda, cuts a ceremonial ribbon, and practices her much-discussed deep voice in the mirror. As his plan begins to unravel, the tension builds in the form of an ominous dripping sound accompanying the trailer’s music.
Many familiar faces appear in this story, from Laurie Metcalf to William H. Macy to Alan Ruck. The supporting cast also includes Dylan Minnette, Sam Waterston, Michaela Watkins, and Stephen Fry, among others. “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews stars alongside Seyfried as Sunny Balwani, the former president and COO of Theranos.
“The Dropout” is based on ABC Audio’s podcast of the same name. Elizabeth Meriwether, best known for creating “New Girl,” will serve as showrunner along with Michael Showalter (“Search Party”), with a roster of executive producers that includes Showalter (who also directs) and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Liz Hannah ( “The post”), among others.
This series originally had Kate McKinnon on board to star, but Seyfried stepped in after the “Saturday Night Live” actress dropped out. Seyfried seems like the right choice here. McKinnon is excellent, but thanks to her history as an actress, it would have been almost impossible not to laugh when she switched to Holmes’ signature throaty voice. Seyfried, on the other hand, seems to play Holmes as a determined entrepreneur whose awareness of his own misdeeds remains enigmatic for much of Theranos’ existence.
“The Dropout” will premiere with three episodes on Hulu on March 3, 2022, with weekly episodes to follow.