Showtime has ordered an anthology series entitled Super pumped. In the first season, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will appear as co-founder and former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick.
Originally discontinued as 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 have changed culture.
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The first season is based on the bestseller Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac, who will also serve as executive producer. It will tell the wild story of the rise of the ride-sharing app Uber and portray the ups and downs of Silicon Valley. This includes the final death of Uber’s first CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick (Gordon-Levitt), ousted by a boardroom coup.
“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor who embodies charm with an unpredictable advantage,” said Amy Israel, Showtime executive vice president of scripting. “We’re excited to see what he will bring to the role of Travis Kalanick, the brilliant and controversial CEO whose ambition and ruthless drive threatened the very company he was determined to build. We’re equally excited to work with Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Beth Schacter, who consistently deliver provocative and entertaining shows that fuel the cultural conversation. “
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Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Beth Schacter will executive produce, write, and showrunners for Super pumped. Paul Schiff, Stephen Schiff and Allyce Ozarski will also serve as executive producers.
Gordon-Levitt will also star in the Apple series Mr. Corman. The actor has starred in other popular shows such as 3. Stone from the sun and Roseanne. He has also starred in a number of films such as Brick, (500 days of summer, Looper, and Beginning. The last movie he appeared in is The Chicago Trial 7.