FILE PHOTO: Anne Hathaway poses as she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
March 16, 2022
By Alicia Powell
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The rise and fall of office-sharing company WeWork has been adapted into a television series starring Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto.
WeCrashed, an eight-part limited series about founders Rebekah and Adam Neumann, will stream on Apple TV+ on Friday. The show details the love story, successes and failures of the couple.
When WeWork first attempted an IPO in 2019 with Adam Neumann as CEO, the proposed share sale imploded spectacularly after investors balked at the company’s steep losses, Neumann’s leadership style, and WeWork’s corporate governance.
Leto took on the role of Adam Neumann, an Israeli businessman after filming ‘House of Gucci’ about the famous fashion family, and said the transition has been challenging.
“Big characters, very, very different characters,” Leto said. “Just start with the accents. There was a lot to learn.”
Part of that learning process was a secret meeting with Adam Neumann, arranged without the filmmakers’ knowledge, during which Leto offered the businessman advice.
“I said to him, ‘Never look at it.’ And who I stand by, you know, I mean, there’s no really no – he… first of all, he experienced it, why, why, why relive it? But it’s so subjective and such a piece.”
Hathaway portrays Rebekah Neumann and said she was careful not to “tug” or “judge” her.
“These are human beings we’re talking about, and putting ourselves in a position of superiority is beside the point,” she said. “This is an opportunity to understand people.”
Both Leto and Hathaway said they wanted the story to be fair.
“It was important to me not just to be a part of a takedown piece, but to really examine the humanity, the complexities of these people,” Leto said.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Diane Craft)
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