Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who has been on something of a break from acting, quietly decided to shelve a planned Elizabeth Holmes biopic and dramatization of the Theranos collapse, saying the story had already been told.
We first heard Lawrence was attached to the Adam McKay-directed series Bad blood back in June 2016, even before Theranos’ implosion was complete and long before Holmes and her boyfriend/co-founder Sunny Balwani were indicted on federal fraud charges. It seems either McKay and/or Lawrence had access to information that the public didn’t, or one or both had the good instinct that this story would only get juicier. Journalist John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup wasn’t released until May 2018 and the reports behind it were still happening at that time, so they couldn’t have opted in until later.
Holmes was banned by the federal to run a blood analysis laboratory for two years starting in July 2016, Theranos the layoffs occurred in October of that year, and Carreyou’s bomb in the Wall Street Journal which helped put the nail in the coffin came out in November.
Some time later, we learned that Amanda Seyfried was attached to a competing project, which became the Hulu series. The stallwhich came out earlier this year and won Seyfried an Emmy Award.
The The New York Times just did a profile of Lawrence on the eve of the launch of his new independent film Pavement. Whether it’s a pandemic or not, Bad blood it appears that its production launch was delayed and that Lawrence became a producer. As Times writer Kyle Buchanan revealed in a tweet this week, Lawrence told her that she had come to the conclusion to bring Bad Blood up after seeing The stall and Seyfried’s stellar performance.
“I thought she was great,” Lawrence reportedly said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, we don’t need to do this again.’ She did it.”
Buchanan added in another tweet: “Having said that, she showed up for a drink in a black turtleneck: ‘I tried on a hundred outfits for this and ended up looking like Steve Jobs. Or to Amanda Seyfried.'”
Lawrence’s film about New Orleans Pavement, which could put her in the running for the Oscar for the first time in several years, debuts today on Apple TV+. The trailer is below.
The real Holmes is due to be sentenced on November 18 after being convicted of four counts of fraud in January, and most experts believe that, despite its two premature pregnanciesshe will probably receive a sentence of several years.
Top Image: Jennifer Lawrence attends the European Premiere of ‘Causeway’ during the 66th BFI London Film Festival at BFI Southbank on October 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)