The USA network has confirmed with us that Christian Slater (“Nymphomaniac,” “Adderall Diaries”) has been cast in the title role of USA Network’s cyber-crime pilot MR. ROBOT. Mr. Robot is a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot (Rami Malek) into an underground hacker organization intent on bringing down corporate America.
The series also stars Rami Malek (“24”), Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”). MR. ROBOT is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Sam Esmail (“Comet”), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”), and Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Under The Dome”). Slater is repped by United Talent Agency.
MR. ROBOT is a culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.
In addition to MR. ROBOT, USA recently announced three pilots, including COLONY from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”) and starring Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Josh Holloway (“Lost”), STANISTAN starring Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, based on the international best seller “La Reina Del Sur” by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.