Altered Carbon renewed for season 2 with Anthony Mackie as lead
Rejoice, Altered Carbon fans. The sci-fi drama created by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel) has been renewed for a second season at Netflix with Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War, Detroit) taking on the lead role as Takeshi Kovacs, previously played by Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, The Killing) in season one.
In the world of Altered Carbon, the journey of Takeshi Kovacs spans hundreds of years, many different bodies, and planets. This allows the story to explore themes of identity, morality, and the human soul. In this new season, Anthony Mackie will be the new embodiment of Kovacs as the series continues to expand on these deeper themes and ideas across longer periods of times and different worlds throughout the universe.
The eight-episode second season of Altered Carbon, produced by Skydance Television, will see Kalogridis returning as co-showrunner and executive producer alongside Alison Schapker (Alias, Almost Human, Fringe). David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance, with James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) also serving as executive producer.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. In season one — currently available to stream on Netflix — society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.