Netflix fills a sci-fi hole in its originals lineup with Altered Carbon

Jay Jacobs
December 5, 2017

His mind was imprisoned, "on ice", for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again.

The first trailer for Netflix's adaptation of Altered Carbon is a hard one to sit through if you have a weak stomach.

Video: After a week of hints and teasers, Netflix has lifted the lid on its lavish adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's seminal cyberpunk thriller Altered Carbon, and so far it's looking worthy of its oft-rumoured title as one of the most expensive shows the streaming service has ever made.

Starring Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Dichen Lachman, Chris Conner and Hiro Kanagawa, ALTERED CARBON Launches on Neflix Friday February 2 2018.

Consciousness can be digitised...human bodies are interchangeable...and death is no longer permanent, welcome to the world of ALTERED CARBON where noBODY lives forever.

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The trailer starts off with an advertisement for the "human sleeve", a way for "mankind to transfer consciousness into a new body".

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).

Police deemed it a suicide, however Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and enlists Kovacs to find out the truth.

The series will premiere exclusively on Netflix on February 2, 2018. The trailer previews some of its worldbuilding and action, and hints that the show isn't going to shy away from its source material.

Creative staff for Altered Carbon includes writer Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Terminator: Genisys), and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) directed the first episode.

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