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Hank Azaria will play Apple CEO Tim Cook Super Pumped series on Showtime from creators of Billions

Hank Azaria will play Apple CEO Tim Cook in Uber series Super Pumped on Showtime from creators of Billions


He’s an award-winning actor with a host of roles on his lengthy resume.

And Hank Azaria signed on to star as Apple CEO Tim Cook in the Super Pumped series about the rise of the popular ride-sharing app, Uber.

Azaria, who’s known for voicing numerous characters on The Simpons, is just one of many big names attached to the project, which also includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler and Kerry Bishé.  

Big time: Hank Azaria signed on to star as Apple CEO Tim Cook in the Super Pumped series about the rise of the popular ride-sharing app, Uber

Gordon-Levitt, 40, will portray Uber’s former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick, 44, in the limited series which is based on Mike Isaac’s book of the same name, according to Deadline.

The anthology series is from Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien, with Beth Schacter serving as co-writer, co-showrunner, and executive producer.

‘Even amid the radical upheaval generated within the global tech capital, Uber stands out as both a marvel and a cautionary tale, featuring internal and external battles that ripple with unpredictable consequences,’ Showtime’s release said.

iBoss: Cook became the CEO of Apple Inc. on August 24, and has since seen the company's market value rise from $348 billion to $1.9 trillion

iBoss: Cook became the CEO of Apple Inc. on August 24, and has since seen the company’s market value rise from $348 billion to $1.9 trillion

Great cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will portray Uber's former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick, 44, in the limited series which is based on Mike Isaac's book of the same name, according to Deadline (seen in 2018)

Great cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will portray Uber’s former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick, 44, in the limited series which is based on Mike Isaac’s book of the same name, according to Deadline (seen in 2018)

The show will focus on Uber in its infancy, when is was one of Silicon Valley’s most successful, volatile and destructive unicorns with Kalanick, the company’s CEO, ultimately getting ousted in a boardroom coup.

Super Pumped had initially been in development at Showtime as a limited series since as early as 2019, and has now expanded into an anthology concept that will explore an exciting new business world story each season. 

‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkably intelligent and charismatic actor, embodying charm with an unpredictable edge,’ Showtime’s EVP of scripted programming, Amy Israel, said. 

‘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.  

Former CEO: The actor will be portraying Uber's former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick (pictured here in 2017) in the limited series titled Super Pumped

Former CEO: The actor will be portraying Uber’s former CEO and founder Travis Kalanick (pictured here in 2017) in the limited series titled Super Pumped

The anthology series: Based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, is from Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien

The anthology series: Based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, is from Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien

Look-alikes? Gordon-Levitt will play Kalanick, the company's CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup; JGL seen in 2019

Look-alikes? Gordon-Levitt will play Kalanick, the company's CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup; Kalanick seen in 2019

Look-alikes? Gordon-Levitt will play Kalanick, the company’s CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup

‘We are equally thrilled to be partnering on another series with Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Beth Schacter,’ she continued, ‘who always deliver provocative and deeply entertaining shows that drive cultural conversation.’ 

In addition to Super Pumped, Gordon-Levitt appears on Apple’s half-hour comedy-drama series Mr. Corman, which debuted in August.

The Mysterious Skin star is also the creator and director of that show, which follows the life of a schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley. 

In addition to Super Pumped: Gordon-Levitt is next set to appear on Apple’s half-hour comedy-drama series Mr. Corman, currently filming

In addition to Super Pumped: Gordon-Levitt is next set to appear on Apple’s half-hour comedy-drama series Mr. Corman, currently filming

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