Altered Carbon comes out on February 2 and is based on the cyberpunk novel from Richard K. Morgan that was a beloved piece of literature and now the TV adaptation should introduce this aesthetic to potentially millions of people. Besides Kinnaman, the cast includes James Purefoy (The Following), Martha Higareda (Royal Pains, McFarland, USA), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine, True Blood), Dichen Lachman (Agents of Shield, Shameless). The trailer previews some of its worldbuilding and action, and hints that the show isn't going to shy away from its source material.
Based on the award-winning novel, Altered Carbon takes place in a future where the human mind can now be digitized and downloaded into a "cortical stack" and placed into new bodies, called sleeves.
"Centuries ago, mankind discovered a way to transfer consciousness into a new body making death a mere inconvenience", says the commercial.
Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a biracial Japanese envoy who's sleeved into the body of a white man, which will probably raise eyebrows among some sci-fi fans (especially after the whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell). In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder. that of Bancroft himself.
The ten-episode TV adaptation was announced in 2016 and will debut on Netflix February 2, 2018.
What is a body other than the vessel for your consciousness? Canadian outlet The Province reported that Netflix moved into a state-of-the-art studio in British Columbia that could accommodate hundreds of staff, and Gizmodo wrote that per-episode spending could end up in the millions. The first trailer for Altered Carbon begins with a commercial of sorts for the fictional product, pitching the concept of "human sleeves", as sold to elite consumers.