Simone Missick is leading a wave of new cast members in Season 2 of Altered Carbon.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, Netflix’s drama is set more than 300 years in the future, when society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitised and human bodies are interchangeable. Season 1 followed Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. He was resurrected in a new “Sleeve” by a wealthy man looking to solve his own murder. Now, he’s returning for a second season – with Anthony Mackie taking on the role.
Now, Netflix has confirmed the cast that’s joining him, with Luke Cage’s Simone Missick to play Trepp, an expert bounty hunter known for her ability to track down anyone in the Settled Worlds, for the right price; Dina Shihabi as Dig 301, an out-of-work A.I. programmed to assist human archeologists who finds a new purpose when she meets Poe; Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Ivan Carrera, the dogged leader of a Protectorate Special Forces unit known as the “Wedge”, on the hunt for Takeshi Kovacs; and James Saito as Tanaseda Hideki, a centuries-old Yakuza boss who controls organised crime on the planet of Harlan’s World and shares a history with Kovacs.
Familiar faces will also return, with Renee Elise Goldsberry reprising her role as Quellcrift Falconer, a fierce revolutionary leader with a deep bond to Kovacs, driven by her desire to reset the balance between life and death, and Chris Conner back as Poe, a centuries-old, highly-evolved A.I. and loyal companion to Kovacs, who strives to understand what it means to be human,
Season 2 is now in production. Here’s the cute video unveiling the sophomore run’s main cast:
Netflix renews Altered Carbon with Anthony Mackie in the lead
28th July 2018
Netflix has renewed Altered Carbon for a second season, with a new star in the lead role: Anthony Mackie.
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Netflix’s sci-fi epic is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitised and human bodies are interchangeable. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. Season 1 saw him resurrected in a new “Sleeve” by a wealthy man looking to solve his own murder.
Now, six months on from the first season dropped, Netflix has ordered more episodes of the series. And, while the universe and technology that drives the show raises intriguing questions about identity and mortality, it also means that Netflix can easily swap out one actor for another in its lead role.
“If Netflix produces another run, and it’s done with the same care and attention, it’d be great to see the world of Altered Carbon booted up in a new Sleeve,” we added.
Enter Mackie, who will replace Joel Kinnaman and play Kovacs for Carbon’s sophomore run.
The actor’s career has gone from 8 Mile and The Hurt Locker to Notorious, Pain & Gain and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, he’s got his own Netflix blockbuster to boot.
Produced by Skydance Television, Season 2 will see Laeta Kalogridis return as co-showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Schapker joining as co-showrunner and also serving as an executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance, while James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), will serve as an executive producer.
Altered Carbon is available on Netflix UK, as part of £7.99 monthly subscription.
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