Altered Carbon Netflix series adds Suicide Squad star

Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi drama Altered Carbon has cast its first lead


Among Netflix’s impressive-sounding roster of future shows, Altered Carbon is one that stands out. Adapted from Richard K Morgan’s 2002 novel of the same name, it takes place in a future where the human mind has been digitised and the soul becomes transferable from one body to the next. Amid this 25th century backdrop, a warrior named Takeshi Kovacs attempts to solve an old murder in a world where death is nearly obsolete. If he does so he’ll be granted the possibility of a new life on Earth.

According to a report on Variety, portraying Kovacs will be Joel Kinnaman, who will next be seen as Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad, and recently appeared in the fourth season of House Of Cards. Judging by why we’ve read about the book, Kinnaman seems well-suited to the gritty portrayal of the character, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. With Sense8 due a second season, Stranger Things airing in July and all the collective Marvel output out there, Netflix is looking like a fun place for genre series indeed.

Joel Kinnaman in Suicide Squad

Also on board Altered Carbon is Miguel Sapochnik as director (who, among other things, directed the epic Game Of Thrones Season 5 battle episode, ‘Hardhome’), with Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator Genisys, Shutter Island) also on board as writer. No other names have been confirmed either in front of the camera or behind it, although we do know that the series will consist of ten episodes as opposed to the usual 13, so it will be slightly leaner than what we’re used to expecting from Netflix. One way or another, it seems that something very different is soon to be heading to our computer screens.

Altered Carbon will air on Netflix in 2017. For more news about the biggest movies, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.