Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, an adaptation of tech reporter and author Mike Issac’s book, of the same name, on Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick’s rise and fall, is joining SHOWTIME’s entertainment lineup.
This is part of SHOWTIME’s new anthology series Super Pumped, which already has a second season in the works and will focus on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s working relationship.
Here’s everything we know about Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber Plot
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber will follow Uber’s beginnings and the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick, the company’s co-founder and former CEO.
After a series of internal disputes, power struggles, and charges of unethical corporate culture, Kalanick was dismissed by his board of directors in 2017. He remained on the board of directors until December 31, 2019, but not before selling 90 percent of his shares in the ride-hailing company, netting $2.5 billion in profit before taxes.
Susan Fowler, an employee, exposed a culture of sexual harassment and sexism at Uber in a blog post titled ‘Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber,’ which will also be addressed in the movie.
Read the synopsis given by SHOWTIME below:
“Based on the shocking true story, strap in for the meteoric rise and fall of Uber founder, Travis Kalanick. With a lift from venture capitalist Bill Gurley and board member Arianna Huffington, Kalanick takes a win-at-all-costs approach to forge the fledgling start-up into a multi-billion-dollar tech titan. But every surge comes at a price — and as his visionary drive spirals out of control, it threatens to be the downfall of it all.”
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber Release Date and Trailer
Airing on Sundays on SHOWTIME and Paramount+ internationally, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber first premieres on February 27, 2022, at 10:00 p.m. E.T.
It’s clear this series will center on greed, power, technology, and ego. The line “We are disrupters because that is what revolution requires” is stated in one clip, pointing out the effort to find the behavior of tech founders excusable—even when their actions involve privacy violations and moral misconduct.
Watch the trailer below.
Super Pumped: A Battle for Uber Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be seen as Travis Kalanick. Joseph is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his leading performances in 500 Days of Summer (2009) and 50/50 (2011).
Bill Gurley, a former Uber board member, and venture capitalist will be played by Kyle Chandler. The 56-year-old made his screen acting debut in the television film, Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story, in 1988. Chandler’s performance of Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (2006–11) garnered him multiple award nominations, and he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 for his work in the show’s final season.
Babak Tafti will play Emil Michael, former Chief Business Officer at Uber. Tafti is best known for his role in Succesion (2018) and Legacies (2018).
Mousa Hussein Kraish will be playing the role of a former Uber driver, Fawzi Kamel. Kraish studied to be a doctor first, then went to work for an internet company. He spent two and a half years studying drama at David Mamet’s Atlantic Theater Company after graduating from Brooklyn College. He has recently been in a number of independent and Hollywood films, as well as performing on stage at the New York Fringe Festival in 2004 and the Arab-American Comedy Festival in 2005.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, will be played by the actor, comedian, and producer Hank Azaria.
Uma Thurman will be seen as Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post. In the trailer, we can witness how great of an actor Uma is, as she embodies the German accent of the character really well.