Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Former Uber CEO in Upcoming Showtime Series

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Showtime has ordered an anthology series titled Super Pumped. The first season will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as co-founder and former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick.

Initially set to be a limited series, Super Pumped comes from Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The anthology series will now adapt stories from the business world that changed culture.

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The first season will be based on the bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac, who will also serve as an executive producer. It will tell the wild story of the rise of the ride-sharing app Uber, depicting the highs and lows of Silicon Valley. This includes the ultimate demise of Uber’s first CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick (Gordon-Levitt), who was ousted in a boardroom coup.

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, embodying charm with an unpredictable edge,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming at Showtime. “We are beyond excited to see what he will bring to the role of Travis Kalanick, the hyper-brilliant and controversial CEO whose ambition and reckless drive threatened the very enterprise he was determined to build. We are equally thrilled to be partnering on another series with Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Beth Schacter, who always deliver provocative and deeply entertaining shows that drive cultural conversation.”

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Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Beth Schacter will executive produce, write, and serve as showrunners for Super Pumped. Paul Schiff, Stephen Schiff, and Allyce Ozarski will also executive produce.

Gordon-Levitt is also set to star in the Apple Series Mr. Corman. The actor has starred in other popular shows like 3rd Rock from the Sun and Roseanne. He has also starred in a number of films such as Brick, (500) Days of Summer, Looper, and Inception. The most recent film he has appeared in is The Trial of the Chicago 7.