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The Big Short’s Adam McKay teams up with Jennifer Lawrence for film about disgraced biotech founder

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It’s an old adage that fortunes come and go, but biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes recently experienced one of the most extreme cases yet. Holmes, who founded the blood-testing company Theranos, topped Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women last year with a net worth of $4.5 billion. As of this week, she has a net worth of zero after recent allegations that Theranos blood tests are inaccurate. Ah, the fall from riches to rags, the drama of a federal investigation — if all of this sounds like it’s practically pre-made for a Hollywood adaptation, filmmaker Adam McKay and actress Jennifer Lawrence are one step ahead of you.

According to a report by Deadline, McKay will team up with Lawrence on an untitled project that centers on the rise and fall of Holmes, with Lawrence presumably starring as the one-time billionaire. While Lawrence should fill those shoes admirably, it’s hard to think of a better director than McKay for this project. Having recently won an Oscar for taking Wall Street to task in The Big Short, the filmmaker has proven that he can treat controversial subjects with a mesmerizing mixture of gravitas and humor.

As Variety notes, Lawrence will produce the film along with McKay, who will also write and direct.

Oscar winners join forces to tackle the story of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes
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