Joseph Gordon-Levitt Founded Uber, And Now He’s Under Attack

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the first trailer for ‘Super Pumped’ with all the crazy energy of Justin Timberlake on ‘The Social Network’. Maybe it’s the place in California or their bloated ego, but they seem to radiate the same bad vibe, which makes sense given everything they have in common.

Travis Kalanick’s “Super Pumped” season is the kind of story we already know ends in disaster — more specifically, a dramatic boardroom coup that leaves Kalanick being fired from the company. His descent floor has already been laid within the 49-second long trailer. As Kalanick shouts, “We’re in a world that’s changing the world!” He states he’s ready to “bleed” for Uber, his mentor Bill Gurley (Kyle Chandler) elsewhere, warning “Travis is a liability.” Their relationship will play a major role in the series, as Gurley suffers the consequences of betting his reputation on the “bad boy of tech.”

Here’s the series’ description per Showtime:

“Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber” tells the story of Uber, one of the most successful and destructive unicorns in Silicon Valley. The season revolves around Travis Kalanick (Gordon-Levitt), the powerful CEO of Uber who is eventually ousted in a boardroom coup, and his sometimes turbulent relationship with his mentor Bill Gurley (Chandler), the illustrious Texas venture capitalist he bets on. An excellent reputation for Uber’s success – and then it has to bear the consequences. Uma Thurman plays Arianna Huffington, a savvy businesswoman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, who has been on the Uber board of directors.

“Super Pumped” was initially developed as a mini-series, and has since been reimagined as an anthology, not unlike “American Crime Story”, but for action. Each season is set up to explore a story that “shook the business world to its core and irrevocably changed our culture.” The series comes from executive producers Brian Kopelman, David Levian, and Beth Schachter (he also serves as writers and presenters). Along with Gordon-Levitt, Turman, and Chandler, the series stars Babak Tafty as Emil Michael, Musa Hussein Krish as Fawzi Kamel, and Elizabeth Shaw as Travis’ mother Bonnie Kalanick.

“Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber” premieres on Showtime on February 27, 2022.

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