Almost as quickly as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ self-made $4.5 billion net worth vanished, plans for a movie about her epic fall from grace are coming together — and the world’s top-paid actress will be playing Holmes on the big screen. Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play the 32-year-old woman who dropped out of college to found Theranos, a company whose technology seemingly revolutionized blood testing methodology.
Holmes was the youngest woman to ever make Forbes’ billionaire list. But numerous controversies over whether her company’s technology worked as advertised led to federal investigations and corporate partners pulling out of lucrative deals with the company. In an astonishing turn of events, Forbes declared Holmes net worth had all but evaporated earlier this month, plunging all the way to zero.
Lawrence, of course, is one of the world’s biggest movie stars and also an outspoken advocate for equal pay in Hollywood. She has even candidly confessed that she’s regretted not negotiating for better salaries for some of the films she’s appeared in.
Lawrence is no stranger biopics about strong businesswomen. Last year, she portrayed Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who was known for hawking her products on home shopping TV networks.
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