The future of humanity has arrived, in the form of Netflix’s first teaser trailer for Altered Carbon, its television adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel. Three hundred years from now, human consciousness can be downloaded into digital “stacks” which are uploaded into “sleeves,” or new human bodies—allowing the elite to achieve immortality or even come back from the dead. The elite… and Takeshi Kovacs, a soldier-turned-revolutionary-turned-consciousness-for-hire: Awoken centuries in the future in a new body, he must solve the murder of his rich employer.
Entertainment Weekly has all the intel on this new series coming in early 2018, including its genesis and the gamble that Netflix made in committing to all of the worldbuilding—and some adult content—of Morgan’s novel. Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) play Kovacs—one his original body, one his new sleeve. Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is Kovacs’ sister Reileen Kawahara, while Renée Elise Goldsberry (who originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton) plays Kovacs’ mentor/trainer Quell, leader of interstellar warriors the Envoys. And that’s just scratching the surface of the kinds of people populating this future.
“It’s very different than what else is out in this space,” writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel, Shutter Island) says. “There’s some Philip K. Dick in there, William Gibson, obviously Ridley Scott, and actually some Orson Welles and John Huston. We tried to imagine what a potential globalized future on Earth would look like, with a certain amount of technological change, a certain amount of technological familiarity and a very large degree of human familiarity.” Director Miguel Sapochnik, known for the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones, shot the pilot.
Check out the exclusive images at EW, and watch the teaser (NSFW, for naked sleeves) below:
Altered Carbon season 1 drops February 2 on Netflix.