Jennifer Lawrence, Adam McKay Team on Movie About Theranos Founder

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After winning an Oscar for taking a hard look at Wall Street prior to the recession, “The Big Short” director Adam McKay is ready to tackle another controversy, with the help of Jennifer Lawrence.

Sources tell Variety that McKay and Lawrence are attached to an untitled pitch that centers on Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the health-technology and medical-laboratory-services company Theranos. Forbes named Holmes the richest self-made woman last year. The biotech entrepreneur’s net worth was completely reduced last week when Forbes revised the estimate from $4.5 billion to zero following allegations that the company’s blood tests are inaccurate.

Lawrence will star and produce along with McKay, who will also write and direct the film.

The duo will take meetings with studios next week in what will likely result in a heated bidding war in the weeks to come.

Lawrence is represented by CAA and can currently be seen in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” McKay is repped by WME and Mosaic and is coming off “The Big Short,” which earned him an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

Deadline was first to report the news.

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  1. Emily says:

    OMG. This is amazing! Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite actress ever. She would be perfect in this and McKay is a great director, the Big Short was fantastic. Can’t wait ;)

  2. Odinson2k14 says:

    She picking the same roles though…the empowered woman. “I’m here…to FIGHT”, that’s her slogan. She even used it in Apocalypse.

    • Jack says:

      Same roles? Only Joy and Mystique they wrote her that way since First Class. This is totally different. This is like a Catch Me if you Can, Wolf of Wall Street kind of character… it’s about a woman’s rise to become a billionaire to her fall… Amazing, plus with McKay directing, I can’t wait for this!

    • L. Thomas says:

      Strong women are usually meatier roles, so of course she would tend towards them. She has said she has no problem playing a vulnerable mess if the script is good. I guess she hasn’t seen the right script. Although the Aronofsky project she is filming now should be a very different role for her, given his history.

      • Jack says:

        In Silver Linings Playbook she played a vulnerable mess and a different kind of mess in American Hustle. Winter’s Bone and Joy were very different kinds of strong women… This is totally different, nothing like she has played before. This character is also a different kind of mess, the story of this woman who became a billionaire and her fall…

  3. Lindsey says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is being real smart in picking roles that have substance. I knew when I saw her the indie film “Winter’s Bone” that she was going to be successful. Congrats to her.

    • Michael N. says:

      I agree, I also saw her in Winter’s Bone and I thought this girl is incredible, she is special. Glad to see she is picking great role after great role and building a pretty incredible filmography. And she is still only 25…

  4. Deserving says:

    Love to see Jennifer Lawrence continue to choose quality projects. She’s the best actress of her generation, making smart choices and showing you can have it all, meaningful films, Oscars, prestigious campaign for Dior, great friends and the respect of her peers and audiences. Strong role model for young women.

    • Michael N. says:

      I also think she is the best actress of her generation and the way she has managed (despite becoming the biggest movie star on the planet) to stay humble, honest, self deprecating, funny, unassuming… certainly a great role model.

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