Here’s the teaser for the new hacker television series Mr. Robot that took the South by Southwest Film Festival by storm earlier this year. It’s sort of like a darker version of Hackers, with a tormented geek hero named Elliot who is tempted by Anonymous-like forces of chaos.

Audiences who saw it at SXSW say it dramatizes Elliot’s struggle to figure out how to make a difference in the world using his technical skills. He’s got a couple of friends, including his therapist and a childhood pal named Angela — and his connection to them keeps him centered. But things get more complicated when he meets a shady guy (Christian Slater, in full Christian Slater mode) who is part of fsociety, a kind of amalgam of Anonymous, Wikileaks and 4chan. Basically they hate humanity and want to bring it all down.

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What makes Mr. Robot sound intriguing is that its main character is so compelling, which is key for a psychological thriller. Hard to say whether the hacking in this show is going to be CSI: Cyber awful or on the level of the pretty-damn-good Person of Interest.

We’ll let you know this summer — the show will debut on June 24 on the USA network.


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