Netflix has released the first trailer for their upcoming cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon and it looks awesome! We got a couple teases last week, but this trailer gives us our best look yet at the show, and I think a lot of you are going to love what you see! Thanks to EW, we also have some images from the series for you to check out.
Altered Carbon is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel, which is set 500 years in the future, and here's a description of the story that was released:
When human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (called “stacks”) which allow the mega-rich to continually upgrade their bodies (dubbed “sleeves”) and essentially live forever. The story follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs. This is him below during a flashback scene (where he’s initially played by Will Yun Lee) along with his sister Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman). They were killers for hire who became revolutionaries.
Kovacs is imprisoned, his conscious stored away, and then awoken centuries later in a different body. He’s now played by Joel Kinnaman (The Killing). Kovacs’ freedom was arranged by a wealthy mogul, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), who offers Kovacs a pardon for his crimes if he can solve a “murder” — Bancroft’s own, as somebody killed his previous sleeve.
Kovacs was trained by Quell (Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry), the leader of the Envoys — elite interstellar warriors, trained in the ways of intuition, combat, and survival The release of Kovacs catches the interest of Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda), a detective with a complicated past.
The series comes from writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel, Shutter Island) with a pilot shot by director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones. This is apparently a passion project for Kalogridis, who optioned the rights to the book 15 years ago. When talking about the project, she says:
“The complexity of the story requires — as noir often does — to make something that’s an extremely twisty murder mystery, but it also had to be hard-R tonally. And a hard-R sci-fi movie usually is something like Logan, for example, where you’re building out a piece of a franchise.
“It’s very different than what else is out in this space. 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.”
This is reportedly the most expensive series that Netflix has produced and judging from what I'm seeing in this first trailer, it looks like this thing is going to pay off. I can't wait to see it! The series will be released on Friday, February 2nd.