1:15pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Glee,' 'House of Cards' Alums Join USA Hacker Drama 'Mr. Robot' (Exclusive)
USA has recruited two familiar faces to join its upcoming hacker drama Mr. Robot.
Brian Stokes Mitchell (Glee) and Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) have been tapped for recurring roles, 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.
Mitchell will play Scott Knowles, the husband of Sharon Knowles (Michele Hicks). With a penchant for fine wines and decorating, he appreciates the luxuries of the upper class and works tirelessly to keep his place among New York's elite. A candidate for Evil Corp's CTO position, Scott is a fierce rival of Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom).
Jaffrey will portray Antara Nayar, a former criminal prosecutor who founded an eponymous firm with two colleagues. The trio led both criminal and civil suits against Evil Corp for the alleged dumping of hazardous waste in Washington Township, N.J. – a case which was eventually tossed out because of protracted litigation and led to the dissolution of her firm. Now in public defense, Antara is increasingly embittered and faced with the question of whether to reopen the Evil Corp case and try to right a past wrong at the possible of further ruining her career.
Sam Esmail (Comet) wrote the script and will executive produce alongside Anonymous Content's Steve Golin (True Detective), Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding) and Niels Arden Oplev (Under the Dome). Mr. Robot, which won the prestigious Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival, hails from Universal Cable Productions.
Mitchell is represented by Paradigm. Jaffrey is represented by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Schreck Rose.
Mr. Robot premieres June 24 at 10 p.m. on USA.