Hulu’s highly anticipated show about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes is finally here. According to Rebecca Jarvis podcast of the same name, The stall follows the entrepreneur from her teenage years to her stint at the helm of biomedical company Theranos, which claimed it could perform multiple tests with just a few drops of blood. Eventually, the company’s fraudulent practices emerged and Holmes was guilty earlier this year of defrauding its investors.
Continuing the spring of the TV scam, the show gets to the bottom of Holmes and the people around her who stood up for her vision, realized she was a fraud, or got stuck somewhere in the middle. To tell this story, The stall assembled a stellar cast of TV veterans, with actors from both Succession and sesame street. Here’s our guide to casting The stall.
Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes
Elizabeth Holmes is just a sophomore when she drops out of Stanford to start her own biomedical company. The leader in love with Steve Jobs does not know that she will end up defrauding her investors in pursuit of her goals. Seyfried made his debut in soap operas in the early 2000s before his first roles in films and shows, including Mean Girls, Veronica Mars, Mamma Mia!, Jennifer’s Body, and Great love. She recently received her first Oscar nomination for playing old Hollywood starlet Marion Davies in man.
Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani
Holmes meets Sunny Balwani, a successful technology founder, during a language immersion trip to China. They later keep in touch and start dating, with Holmes eventually bringing her to Theranos, though they keep their relationship a secret. Andrews is best known for playing Sayid in all six seasons of Lost, for which he received an Emmy nomination. The British-born actor also starred in the shows Sense8, Instinctand Once upon a time in wonderland.
Elizabeth Marvel as Noel Holmes
Holmes’ mother, Noel, supported her daughter throughout the founding of Theranos and the rise of the company, thanks in part to the Holmes’ family connections (Noel worked as a congressional aide before giving birth to Elizabeth). Marvel has appeared in several drama series over the years, including person of interest, Fargoand manifesto. She’s also played political roles before – you might remember her on Card castle or as President Elizabeth Keane in Country.
Michel Gill as Chris Holmes
When The stall begins, Holmes’ father, Chris, has just lost his job from Enron as the scandal unfolds. In the years since the spinoff, Chris is an avid supporter of his daughter, even telling her to work rather than stay by her hospital bed in one scene. Gill portrayed another Card castle politician: Garrett Walker. He also appeared on the hits Mister Robot, Ray Donovan, Loweringand recently HBO Golden age.
Bill Irwin as Channing Robertson
As a freshman at Stanford, Holmes convinces Professor Robertson to let her join his graduate lab, and he becomes an investor and advisor as she builds Theranos. Tony Award-winning Irwin spent decades on Sesame Street as Elmo’s World character Mr. Noodle in the 90s and 2000s. Recently he starred in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Legion, Law & Order: Special Victims Unitand Golden age.
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Rakesh Madhava
Rakesh meets Holmes as a TA in one of his freshman classes. He is then one of the first employees of Theranos, helping to design the first prototype blood test. Ambudkar is best known for playing Mindy Lahiri’s brother on The Mindy Projectand he also plays Devi’s teacher on I have never. He is also a longtime collaborator of Lin-Manuel Miranda, having performed with him in the Freestyle troupe Love Supreme and played Aaron Burr in an early version of hamilton.
James Hiroyuki Liao as Edmond Ku
Another early Theranos employee is engineer Edmond Ku, who is one of the first people to feel conflicted about where the company is headed. Brooklyn native Liao has appeared on the shows before cowboy bebop, manifesto, Unforgettable, Prison Breakand 24.
Stephen Fry as Ian Gibbons
Gibbons works as a biochemist for Theranos and considers himself a father figure and advisor to Holmes, though he slowly ends up outside the founder’s inner circle. Fry rose to prominence as a beloved British comedian in the 80s and 90s, working with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson, among others. Over the years he has performed in the shows Bones, The great interiorand 24: Live Another Day.
Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Phyllis Gardner
Stanford professor Dr. Phylis Gardener has a pre-Theranos encounter with Holmes, which leaves her skeptical of the founder, especially when Theranos becomes a tech unicorn. Metcalf is best known to moviegoers for playing the mom in Lady Bird. She was also a mainstay on network television for decades, with appearances on the shows Roseane, The Big Bang Theoryand The Conners.
William H. Macy as Richard Fuisz
Holmes’ childhood neighbor, Dr. Fuisz, is an inventor, entrepreneur, and physician who runs a biomedical research company. When he files a patent that Theranos would need to install its machines in patients’ homes, Holmes sues him rather than working with him, or “paying him,” as she puts it. Macy is best known for playing Frank Gallagher on the long-running Showtime series Shameless. He also appeared in the movies Hall, sea cookieand Jurassic Park 3.
Sam Waterston as George Shultz
Shultz, a Theranos board member, is a former Secretary of State and Treasury Secretary who passionately supported Holmes, even causing discord in his own family. Waterston is best known for playing Jack McCoy in over 300 episodes of Law and order, and he will resume his role in the new revival. He also starred in the shows Grace and Frankie and The press roomas well as movies Miss Sloane and Based on gender.
Dylan Minnette as Tyler Shultz
George Shultz’s grandson, Tyler, is an early Theranos whistleblower, after getting a job at his lab and seeing the company’s deceptive practices. Minnette got her start as a child actor on shows such as Prison Break and Drake and Josh. Recently he starred in Netflix 13 reasons why and this year Yell to restart. He is also the singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Wallows.
Alan Ruck as Dr. Jay Rosan
Succession Star Alan Ruck plays Dr. Rosan, a Walgreens executive who prefers to be called Dr. Jay due to his basketball background. Rosan is also an entrepreneur, who believed in Theranos’ vision and worked closely with Holmes on the company’s partnership with Walgreens. Ruck is best known for playing Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s day offas well as his performance on the HBO hit as budding politician Connor Roy.