The future looks grim in the first full trailer for Netflix’s upcoming series adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's hard-boiled cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon. The trailer establishes the mind-bending task set before Joel Kinnaman’s Takeshi Kovacs.
The trailer sees Takeshi’s consciousness transferred into a new body after he has been dead for 250 years. Takeshi’s new body is a combat model built for the daunting task of solving an aristocrat’s murder -- a task assigned by the aristocrat himself.
Altered Carbon imagines a world in which death has been conquered. Anyone with the resources to do so can have their consciousness transferred into a new body indefinitely. That means the aristocrat can hire Takeshi to solve his murder because his consciousness was simply uploaded to a new body when his previous expired. All that’s lost is time.
The series looks to draw visual inspiration from Ridley Scott’s neon-soaked Blade Runner, and perhaps even the recent follow-up, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. The series’ first season will release in its entirety on Netflix on Feb. 2.
Altered Carbon was developed by Laeta Kalogridis and stars Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer, James Purefoy as Laurens Bancroft, Kristin Lehman as Miriam Bancroft and Martha Higareda as Kristin Ortega, among others.