Starring 'The Killing' alum Joel Kinnaman, the series, which is based on Richard K. Morgan's 2002 award-winning novel, will be available for streaming on February 2, 2018.
"Centuries ago, mankind discovered a way to transfer consciousness into a new body, making death a mere inconvenience," says a female voice in the teaser, which plays as an ad for Psychasec, the company behind the body transfers. "Since then, we've been providing an unparalleled pedigree of human sleeves to only the most discerning clientele," she continues in voiceover as a scene of humans eerily coming out from sticky transparent plastic bags flickers on the screen.
Along with the teaser, Netflix announces that "Altered Carbon" will be available for streaming on February 2, 2018.
"Altered Carbon" is set 300 years in the future when human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called "stacks"), allowing people, usually those who are mega-rich, to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed "sleeves") and essentially live forever. They will be able to avoid death by jumping from body to body should they die.
Kinnaman plays a dead soldier named Takeshi Kovacs, who is brought back to life centuries into a new body after his mind was imprisoned "on ice." Earth's wealthiest man, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) puts him on a mission to solve a murder case of Bancroft himself. He wants Kovacs to find someone who murdered his previous body. As the investigation progresses, Kovacs comes to learn that his past isn't nearly as buried as he thought.
Entertainment Weekly releases a slew of first-look photos of the series. One of the photos sees Kovacs (initially played by Will Yun Lee) alongside his sister Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman) in a flashback scene. Another photo, meanwhile, features Martha Higareda, who plays a character named Kristin Ortega. Ortega is a smart and tough lieutenant in the Bay City PD who is following in the footsteps of her father, a cop who died heroically in the line of duty.
It’s the biggest and most lavish-looking #Netflix series ever, one based on an acclaimed sci-fi novel, and yet chances are you’ve never heard of 'Altered Carbon.' 😱Here's your first look at the upcoming drama series, based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel. It's set 500 years in the future, when human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and essentially live forever. Click the link in our bio to see more photos, plus the NSFW teaser trailer. 📷: Netflix
Miguel Sapochnik, who directed "Battle of the Bastards" episode of "Game of Thrones", helmed the first episode of "Altered Carbon". Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross executive produce alongside Steve Blackman and Kalogridis' Mythology Entertainment partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt.