Christian Slater's Mr. Robot Gets Series Order at USA Network

Here’s one title you’re almost certain to find on C-3PO’s DVR in 2015: USA Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Robot, a drama set in the world of cybersecurity starring Christian Slater (True Romance, Mind Games) and Rami Malek (24).

The logline for the series is as follows: “Mr. Robot is a contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot (Malek), 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. Slater stars in the title role of Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group.”

Suburgatory‘s Carly Chaikin is also set to star as a chain-smoking hipster who specializes in writing malware. Portia Doubleday (Her) and Martin Wallstrom (Simple Simon) complete the cast, with Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) directing the pilot.

The series, from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (Comet) and executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding), will shoot in New York.

Mr. Robot is the first pickup from USA Network’s pilot slate for the 2015-2016 season.

Are you looking forward to Mr. Robot? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Et al says:

    Is this canceled yet? It’s been minutea since the announcement.

  2. Azrielen says:

    I would like to personally thank whichever deity is responsible for Christian Slater continuing to get TV shows. I would also ask them if they could please get around to putting in the extra effort to make one of them successful? Thanks.

    • Azrielen says:

      Also if this isn’t a modern homage to that seminal, classic piece of cinema “Hackers” with completely bonkers visualizations of “hacking” and nutso underground “club kids” intact, I will be deeply disappointed.

    • Faye says:

      I dearly want him in a good and successful series. He is so talented and yet can’t seem to land the right property or backing from the studios. Such a waste. Dare I hope this might turn out differently?

  3. torimelching says:

    10 episodes really? Have they never seen Christian Slater act or anything he has been in? I remember when I watched a ton on USA now it’s just Sirens.

  4. Jerry says:

    So, Breaking In: Part 2?

  5. Bryan Caron says:

    Well… jumping to USA worked for Christopher Gorham!

  6. Weezy says:

    I have to say it sounds interesting, but I already know it will be cancelled since Christian Slater is in it. Usually casting has about zero impact on whether I want to watch a show or not, but seriously Carly Chaikin in that role? Are you kidding me? It should be a treat to watch…

  7. Alan479 says:

    This series will be more meaningful and captivating than the Matrix trilogies. The Mr Robot scripts show incredible perceptions and understanding of today’s world ,how it works and what is needed to fix it. By comparison the Matrix was too futuristic and lost some dynamic mental impacting in the process. This series is the tip of the teeth of the cutting edge consciousness of the newly awakening masses. It depicts a new growing humanity with real practical workable ethics and values empowered through high tech activism. Nothing motivating like this has been seen since the JFK speeches and Peace Corps of the 60s. The new hippies are super intelligent, dress well and are armed with high tech weaponry aimed at changing the incredible plight of the oppressed working and non working masses. The series carries off this world shaking theme with incredible sensitivity and spectacular perceptions. It has something for everyone. Challenging mentally, socially interacting and entertaining with moments of great impacting drama and significance.