Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star as Travis Kalanick in a new series about the Uber founder and the company he built with his co-founders. Developed by Showtime, the new show explores what happens behind the scenes in the ride-hailing company. Initially thought to only depict “the roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company” from its founding to the IPO, it has been reported that will only be the first season of the show.
The show will explore the story of a different company that changed the business world and the cultures it deals with in every season. Uber’s season will feature the company’s controversial co-founder who served as its CEO from 2010 to 2017 as a central figure.
Travis Kalanick was ousted as the CEO of Uber due to heavy pressure from a large number of shareholders. This was due to several scandalous claims, like the company having a sexist and toxic work culture, reports about sexual assaults by drivers, driver pay disputes and so on.
According to reports the series doesn’t have a release date yet, but what we do know is that Brian Koppelman and David Levien will write the script (of Billions fame), with Beth Schacter.
Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programing at Showtime, said:
“Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, embodying charm with an unpredictable edge 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.”