8:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
USA's 'Mr. Robot' Nabs 'Gotham,' 'Sopranos' Actors for Recurring Roles (Exclusive)
USA's new hacker drama Mr. Robot has cast five recurring roles ahead of its June debut, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Mr. Robot centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from an antisocial disorder and can only connect with people by hacking them. A mysterious anarchist named Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) recruits Elliot into "fsociety," an underground hacker group determined to bring down corporate America. Martin Wallstrom, Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday co-star.
Elliot Villar (Gotham, The Blacklist) will portray Fernando Vera, an entrepreneur and meth-addicted criminal whose unique street empire of drug sales has the NYPD baffled. Unpredictable and dangerous, his threat becomes increasingly more dire when he convinces himself that he and Elliot are cosmically linked.
Azhar Khan (Veep) will play Mobley, a member of fsociety and a stoner with a deep love of junk food. Although he is more innocent than his impulsive colleagues, his expertise in webservers makes him an important part of fsociety's grand plan for a hack that will change the world.
Ron Cephas Jones (Banshee, The Blacklist) has been cast as Romero, fsociety's resident hippie and also the group's consummate cynic, critical of the group's every move. After spending years locked up at Sing-Sing, he tries to stay under the radar — practicing biohacking and profiting off of his unique blend of THC lotion.
Stephanie Corneliussen (Hello Ladies: The Movie, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) will play Joanna, the pregnant wife of Tyrell Wellick (Wallstrom). Joanna is willing to do whatever it takes to put her family in a position of wealth and power. Smart and ambitious, she knows that initiating chaos can sometimes be a path to the top.
Michael Drayer (The Sopranos, The Following) will portray Cisco, a top-level hacker with hip-hop sensibilities. His daytime gig serves as the perfect cover for his real job: U.S. liaison for The Dark Army, a Chinese hacker consortium. Cisco helps Darlene (Chaikin), his main fsociety contact, negotiate the hard-to-understand motivations and customs of fsociety’s Chinese counterpart.
Villar is repped by CornerStone Talent Agency. Jones is repped by Leading Artists. Corneliussen is repped by TCA and PCM International. Drayer is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and MJ Management.
Mr. Robot premieres June 24 at 10 p.m. on USA.