Netflix announced today that it cyber-punk series Altered Carbon will be returning for a second season, but with a major change. Joel Kinnaman played the lead role of Takeshi Kovacs in the first season, but Anthony Mackie (Falcon from the Marvel Universe movies) will take over the lead in the second year. The change was teased at the end of the first season as the personality of Kovacs was placed in a new body (referred to as a “sleeve” in the series), though we did not see who it was. The renewal was definitely not a sure thing for this show because it is very expensive to produce and Netflix has been completely silent on the matter for the past few months. But apparently the appropriate deals were worked out and Mackie brings some star-power to the show equal to Kinnaman. The series will also have a new showrunner for its second season as Alison Schapker (The Flash, Fringe) will share those responsibilities with Laeta Kalogridis who helmed the first year. An episode count has not been established for the second season, but expect it to be around ten and expect it to debut late 2019 or early 2020.
Altered Carbon takes place in a future world where human memories can be stored and placed in other bodies, referred to as “sleeves”. Takeshi Kovacs is a former rebel and mercenary is revived by a wealthy man to solve a murder. It is based on the Richard K. Morgan book of the same name and stars (in the first season) Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, and Chris Conner.
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