Also starring Anne Hathaway, America Ferrera, and O-T Fagbenle, the limited series — based on a hit Wondery podcast — explores what really happened at the tech company through a more personal lens.
WeCrashed chronicles the rise of the company, including CEO Adam Neumann’s fall from grace that led him to step down in 2019. The heart of the series is his relationship with his wife, Rebekah (Hathaway).
Showrunners Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crevello didn’t speak to Leto while filming the limited series. “Jared does this complete transformation, with prosthetics and an Israeli accent. My father's Israeli and he had no notes on the accent," says Eisenberg.
For Rebekah, the showrunners thought of Hathaway immediately: "We became even more fascinated with Rebekah than we were with Adam... There are such complexities to the character. It required an actor of unsurpassed skill," says Crevello.
Mimicking the fantastical nature of WeWork, WeCrashed has a running unicorn motif. Less than a year after becoming global, the company’s $47 billion value plummeted. Claims of employee mistreatment and dubious finances forced Neumann out. Rebekah faced similar charges.
"It's a little bit of a cautionary tale," says Eisenberg. "We as a society get swept up in unicorns and this idea that you can get rich quick. I mean, Adam Neumann unironically said that he wanted to be a trillionaire. That's just wild."