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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Uber CEO in Showtime series

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the former CEO of Uber in the Showtime series Super Pumped. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the former CEO of Uber in the Showtime series "Super Pumped." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 24 (UPI) -- Showtime announced Monday that it has ordered the anthology series Super Pumped. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star in the first season.

Gordon-Levitt will play Travis Kalanick, the former Uber CEO ultimately ousted from the company. The season is based on the book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac.

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Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien will showrun along with Beth Schacter. Isaac is also a co-executive producer.

A Showtime press release described the story of the rideshare app as a roller coaster of highs and lows, "both a marvel and a cautionary tale." Each subsequent season of Super Pumped will tell a story of a different business.

Forty-year-old Gordon-Levitt began his acting career as a child actor with roles on Family Ties, Quantum Leap and ABC's short-lived Dark Shadows revival. On the hit NBC sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun, Gordon-Levitt played an alien hiding in the body of a teenager.

Gordon-Levitt moved into movies with roles in Halloween H20, Brick, (500) Days of Summer, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. He also stars, writes, and directs the upcoming Apple TV+ series Mr. Corman.

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