Okay, Altered Carbon, let’s see if I got the plot of you down.
In the future, human consciousness can be stored on digital implants (“stacks”) that can then be downloaded in “sleeves”. The mega-rich can live forever because they can keep newer and newer bodies. (Why am I not surprised?) There are, however, those that don’t really like the virtual immortality thing. (Now I’m remembering In Time, anyone else remember that movie?)
So elite soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee) and his sister, Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman), were killers for hire who became revolutionaries. Then, however, Kovacs gets imprisoned with his consciousness stored away until he is brought back centuries later in the body of a white guy (Joel Kinnaman). Kovacs is given the chance to win his freedom by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), a wealthy mogul who wants Kovacs to solve who killed Bancroft’s previous sleeve.
Presumably, things just get weirder from there.
You gotta love sci-fi.
But Hamilton fave Renee Elise Goldsberry is there playing some sort of badass leader. I am here for that. Majorly here for that.
Altered Carbon is one of Netflix’s upcoming releases. It makes sense, based on the premise anyway, that Netflix would go for a project like this. It’s definitely going to weave an interesting story with a lot of layered characters. (Entertainment Weekly has more info on some of the side characters.)
In a new trailer, released today, we get to see the gorgeous show in action. It is definitely very ambitious and very well shot. Check it out below.
You can see Altered Carbon on February 2nd, 2018.
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