Media outlets are reporting that sci-fi drama series Altered Carbon has been renewed for a second season at Netflix, with Anthony Mackie succeeding Joel Kinnaman in the lead role as Takeshi Kovacs.
Altered Carbon is set in the year 2384, in a futuristic San Francisco known as Bay City. In the future, a person’s memories can be stored in a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the back of the neck. They can be placed into physical human beings or synthetic bodies known as ‘Sleeves’ and the stacks can be transferred to new bodies after death, but a person can still be killed if their stack is destroyed. We follow Takeshi Kovacs, a political operative with mercenary skills that is the sole surviving soldier of the Envoys, a rebel group defeated in an uprising against the new world order. 250 years after the Envoys were destroyed, his stack is pulled out of prison by Laurens Bancroft, one o the wealthiest men in the settled worlds. Bancroft gives him the choice of earning a new shot at life….by solving his murder.
There’s no word as to who from the first season will be returning, though creator/showrunner Laeta Kalogridis has indicated that Poe and Reileen may return in some capacity for season 2. Behind the scenes, Alison Schapker will be joining as co-showrunner alongside Kalogridis for season 2.
Altered Carbon’s first season starred Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Chris Conner, Dichen Lachman, Ato Essandoh, Kristin Lehman, Trieu Tran and Renée Elise Goldsberry.