Christian Slater

Fifth time’s the charm?

USA has cast Christian Slater in the title role of its drama pilot Mr. Robot. Nope, he doesn’t play an android. The show is about a programmer 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. He then finds 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’s TV projects have had rough sledding over the past several years, with most lasting less than one season. Earlier this year there was ABC’s Mind Games, and before that Fox’s Breaking In, ABC’s The Forgotten and NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy. Perhaps he’ll fare better in the cable realm. Mr. Robot also stars Rami Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Martin Wallström, and it’s executive produced by Sam Esmail, Steve Golin, Chad Hamilton, and Niels Arden Oplev.