New casting details on the upcoming Hulu/Star Original series “The Dropout” have been revealed, with William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin, and Josh Pais have joined the upcoming drama.

The Dropout is inspired by the ABC News podcast of the same name chronicling the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. The series will explore what caused the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs,” to lose everything in the blink of an eye.

William H.Macy will play Richard Fuisz, an ex-CIA agent and an inventor of biomedical devices. A friend of the Holmes family, he is initially upset when he learns that Elizabeth has started a medical tech startup without consulting him, and his resentment and obsession will have serious ramifications for Elizabeth and Theranos.

Laurie Metcalf will play Phyllis Gardner, a scientist, doctor and successful entrepreneur. As a woman in a predominately male world, she has been through the ringer and has had to confront sexism her whole career. She will ultimately be among those responsible for bringing the truth about Elizabeth and Theranos to light.

Elizabeth Marvel will play Noel Homes, who is Elizabeth Holmes’ mother.  While Michel Gill will play Chris Holmes, Elizabeth Holmes’ father and hero.

Bill Irwin will play Channing Robertson, head of Chemical engineering and professor at Stanford and an early cheerleader of Elizabeth Holmes

Utkarsh Ambudkar will appear as Rakesh Madhava, one of the first employees at Theranos.

Stephen Fry will play Ian Gibbons, the brilliant head of chemistry at Theranos. With Kate Burton will appear as Rochelle Gibbons.

Josh Pais will appear as Wade Maquelon. Wade is the CFO of Walgreens. Skeptical about Theranos, he thinks start-ups are risky, but he doesn’t want to be left in the dust if Elizabeth goes to a competitor.

Michael Ironside will play Don Lucas, one of the first venture capitalists to invest in Theranos.


The Dropout is executive produced by showrunner Liz Meriwether and the producing team behind the ABC News podcast, host and Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent for ABC News Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson. The series comes to Hulu from Searchlight Television and 20th Television.

The eight-episode series is expected to debut in 2021 on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally as a Star Original.

Are you looking forward to “The Dropout” arriving soon on Hulu and Star On Disney+?

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