By James Hibberd
Updated December 19, 2014 at 06:00 PM EST

So this is timely: USA Network has given a series order to its hacker thriller project starring Christian Slater.

The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of Mr. Robot (a working title, hopefully) from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (Comet) and executive producers Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

The series is about a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek, 24), 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.”

Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant,” said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more. Malek gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast.”