Joel Kinnaman Set to Star in Netflix Sci-Fi Series ALTERED CARBON

A few months ago Netflix revealed that they were developing a new original cyberpunk sci-fi series called Altered Carbon, and Variety is reporting that Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, RoboCop, Suicide Squad) has been cast in the lead role. The series is based on the book of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, and it sounds like it could make for a solid show. 

The futuristic series is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Kinnaman will play Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years and is downloaded into a future he had tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

Netflix has hired Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik to direct the first of ten episodes for the series. Laeta Kalogridis is writing the series and also serving as its showrunner. She’s got a few interesting projects under her belt that include Pathfinder, Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys, and the upcoming James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez film adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel.

Kinnaman is a great actor who isn’t new to the Netflix family as he previously worked with them on the final season of The Killing and most recently played a major role in House of Cards season four. With Kinnaman and the rest of the talent on board to develop this series, Altered Carbon could really turn out to be an awesome show. I'm looking forward to it. 

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