Jennifer Rocholl shared a photo from her photoshoot with Rami Malek in October 2015
Ask anyone who watched Mr. Robot’s award-winning first season about the show's music, and they will tell you: it really took the series to a whole new level. Whether Mac Quayle's groundbreaking score is ratcheting up the tension, familiar classical music is conveying emotion, or a perfectly selected song is adding irony to a scene, it is impossible to think of Mr. Robot without also thinking of its music.
There will be a two-volume soundtrack of the songs featured in Mr. Robot’s first season coming May 27th.
Mr Robot season 2 returns Thursday, July 13 at 10/9c on the USA Network.
While we don’t know all the songs that will be on it, here are some of the memorable tracks from season one that could make an appearance.
The accolades continue for USA Network's breakout hit, Mr. Robot, as the show was named a winner of a George Foster Peabody Award in the 75th Annual Peabody Awards competition.
Praised for its culturally resonant storylines, Mr. Robot was recognized as part of the entertainment group for its outstanding achievement in television.
The 75th Annual Peabody Awards ceremony gala, which will be hosted by Keegan-Michael Key (Playing House), will take place on May 21 and televised by Pivot in a 90-minute special on Jun. 6.
The Sam Esmail-created series took two Golden Globes earlier this year for best TV drama and supporting actor in a drama series, along with three Critics' Choice awards for Rami Malek, Christian Slater and best drama, and the Writers Guild Award for best new series.
The dramatic second season of Mr. Robot returns Thursday, July 13 at 10/9c.
The revolution continues.
Mr. Robot returns for Season 2 to USA Network on July 13th 2016
Hello, friend. Are you ready for season_2.0?
USA Network has officially set the premiere date for its criticaly acclaimed drama Mr. Robot. Returning for a second season on Wednesday, July. 13th at 10/9c
Sam Esmail's groundbreaking series stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a brilliant-but-troubled computer hacker, and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot, a mysterious agitator who enlists Elliot's help.
[Warning: season one spoilers ahead.]
Season two picks up after fsociety’s 5/9 hack on Evil Corp and will explore the consequences of the attack, as well as the illusion of control. In addition to Malek and Slater, Portia Doubleday (Angela), Carly Chaikin (Darlene), Martin Wallström (Tyrell), Michael Cristofer (Phillip Price), and Stephanie Corneliussen (Joanna) are onboard for season two, which is currently shooting in New York City.
Esmail, who is directing all 10 episodes of the new season, is introducing the character Dominique “Dom” DiPierro into the story this year. Grace Gummer will play Dom, a young federal agent investigating the hack.
“Elliot committed a crime and we’re going to see the ramifications of that this season,” Esmail said during the Mr. Robot panel at SXSW last month. “That’s why you see that introduction of law enforcement, which you deliberately didn’t see the first season.”
Also joining the cast this year: Craig Robinson as Ray, a neighborhood local who reaches out to Elliot in his time of need; rapper Joey Bada$$ as Leon, a new friend of Elliot’s who philosophizes on the meaning of life; and Chris Conroy as Derek, the young and attractive new man in Joanna Wellick’s life.
Rami Malek's photoshoot with Mark Mann for Deadline at Tribeca Film Festival at Deadline Studios on April 17th, 2016 in New York City
Rami Malek chats with Arthur Kade of Behind The Velvet Rope at the Tribeca Film Festival about USA's "Mr. Robot"
Arthur Kade of Behind The Velvet Rope chats with Rami Malek at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 17th, 2016 in New York City
Rami Malek and Christian Slater explain to XFinity on how they think Mr. Robot should be binge-watched, and predictably disagree.
Rami Malek, Christian Slater & Carly Chaikin talk TV hackers at Tribeca 2016's HACKED by DefCon & Mr. Robot
Real-life hackers and pop culture's favorite fictional hackers joined forces inside the Festival Hub for a conversation and interactive demonstrations.
The addictive USA Network series Mr. Robot ambitiously brought the world of hacking to mainstream television last year, receiving widespread acclaim and drawing a devoted fan base. The TV thriller serves as the sponsor for this year's HACKED BY DEF CON and Mr. Robot, a hackers' conference hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival. On Sunday, April 17, the third and final day of the event, held at the Festival Hub, visitors were treated to "villages" offering lessons in lock picking, hardware hacking, bio-hacking and Internet privacy.
Early in the day, a panel discussion featuring the Mr. Robot cast and moderated by Jeff Ross, a.k.a. Dark Tangent and the founder of DEF CON, addressed the issue of "Living in a Post-Mr. Robot World." The panel included the show’s breakout star, Rami Malek, supporting cast members Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin, and series writer and consultant Kor Adana.
When asked about the relatability of his character, Elliot, Malek broke the ice, saying, "Looking at this audience, I see a lot of people who look socially isolated," which drew a big laugh. Getting serious, he added that he admired Elliot as a "flawed, modern hero" facing “grief and tragedy and doesn’t know how to communicate.” The character tries to change the world in a "heroic way that is real." He's "difficult and challenging," which is what made Malek want to take the role.
Despite loving the series, Mr. Robot’s cast members weren't sure if a wider audience would feel the same. "This show is dope," was Malek’s first reaction to the script. Chaikin said she had hoped "people loved it as much as we do." Adana added, "I thought we had something special, but we were surprised by other people embracing the series." Chaikin insisted on its “honesty and authenticity,” and Adana continually returned to the ways in which the writers made a huge effort to make the hacking "realistic." All the code was carefully written, particularly with the knowledge in mind that the hackers in the viewership would screenshot the code on display and pick it apart. The hackers in attendance appeared to collectively nod in appreciation.
Ross brought up the continuity between Slater's character in Mr. Robot and the one he played decades ago in the cult classic Heathers. "They're fun characters to play," said Slater. "Being an anarchist is very exciting." Both characters plot to blow up an institution; it’s as if J.D., Slater’s Heathers character, has graduated from attacking high schools to big corporations. "We need anarchists to stand up and fight," added Slater. "The stakes are getting higher, and there will always be a need for that [rebellious] voice."
Chaikin, on the other hand, was asked about the leap she took from playing a peppy blonde teenager in the series Suburgatory to a chain-smoking gothic hacker in Mr. Robot. "As an actor, I want to be able to play any character," she said, adding that her current role is “more artistically fulfilling.” She also told of how the producers originally dismissed her and only accepted her in the role after her audition, which they had reluctantly allowed. Chaikin knew the truth about her character's identity from the start, which was the only way for her to play Darlene properly. It was hard for her to keep the secret, particularly given the negativity she faced on the Internet from fans. "I would call Rami, saying, 'Everyone hates me!'"
While Mr. Robot has "raised the awareness of hacking" in the public and cast alike, per Slater, it has also made them all more paranoid. Malek has picked up the habit of taking note of people’s information at airports, and Slater admitted to using TeenSafe to track his daughter’s Internet activity. "Everything we do is possible," warned Chaikin.
Cinema was discussed as an important inspiration for the hacking community; Hackers had inspired Adana to learn about computers, and Blade Runner is Ross' favorite movie. “Give it up for Hackers,” said Ross. “Every character was based on a real hacker, except Angelina Jolie because there aren’t any hot hackers.” Malek cited Taxi Driver as a film that used voice over—normally a screenwriting faux pas, he noted—in a similarly powerful way as it’s used in Mr. Robot. “It’s a brilliant way to get into Elliot's psyche,” agreed Slater.
They were inevitably asked about Easter eggs, a term Slater said he only recently learned. (Slater's fragile familiarity with contemporary terminology was a running theme throughout the talk, as he also hesitated after using "troll.") Apparently, the scarf worn by Slater is hanging on Elliot's door the entire first season. Adana noted that he frequently hides fun details. "Everything is there for a reason," said Malek, who noted that shots tend to keep the background in focus to amplify the possibilities within the fictional world.
The cast loved one question in particular: What would be the theme song for their characters? For Chaikin, it was Bob Dylan's "Hurricane"; for Slater, the Steve Miller Band's "The Joker"; and for Malek, Neil Diamond's "If You Stay."
Mr. Robot returns to USA this summer for a second season.
Rami Malek attended the HACKED by DEF CON & Mr. Robot, 'Life in a Post Mr Robot World' panel at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival
Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin attended the HACKED by DEF CON & Mr. Robot, 'Life in a Post Mr Robot World' panel at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 17th, 2016 in New York City
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