Netflix renews Altered Carbon & casts Anthony Mackie

The popular sci-fi show Altered Carbon has been renewed by Netflix for a second season.

The second season will consist of eight episodes and will have its lead change from Joel Kinnaman to Avengers star Anthony Mackie. Mackie will portray the new sleeve for series lead, Takeshi Kovacs.

Behind the scenes, Alison Schapker is joining the series as executive producer and will serve as co-showrunner alongside creator/executive producer Laeta Kalogridis who was  showrunner on Season 1 of the Skydance TV series.

Per Deadline:

The recasting of the Takeshi Kovacs role was expected. In the world of Altered Carbon, which is based on the science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, the journey of Takeshi Kovacs spans hundreds of years, many different bodies, and planets.

Because of the structure of the books, each taking place in a different time frame at a different location, Kinnaman, as well as  the majority of the cast, had one-year deals. Kinnaman already has booked his next series, Amazon’s Hanna.

Mackie will be the new embodiment of Kovacs, as the series continues to delve into the themes of identity, mortality, and the human soul across longer periods of times and different worlds throughout the universe.

Netflix would not reveal if any of the Season 1 cast members would return for Season 2. In am interview at the release of the first season, Kalogridis had indicated that Poe (Chris Conner) and Kovacs’ deadly sister Reileen (Dichen Lachman) might be seen again, despite their characters being killed off.

Altered Carbon is set centuries into the future when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop.