It was announced last summer that Netflix’s neo-noir sci-fi action series, Altered Carbon would get a second season following its successful first outing last February. Joel Kinnaman, Ato Essandoh, and actresses Matha Higareda and Dichen Lachmann led the cast inspired by the Richard K. Morgan’s celebrated novel set in a future where people can “stack” a human conciousness and revive it in a humanoid-like “sleeve”.
Also joining with performances by Will Yun Lee and Byron Mann, that’s what plays out for Kinnaman’s role as Takeshi Kovacs, a deadly operative once a member of an elite group of rebels known as Envoys fighting against the new world order. This sets the stage for his reawakening by a wealthy political influencer looking to solve his own murder, which led to an explosive battle between Takeshi, and a woman from his dark past.
For this, the story continues with season two now in production, and with eight episodes in tow instead of ten like with the first season. Netflix just laid out all the details on who will star – both new AND returning, including Simone Missick of the recently-canceled Marvel/Netflix drama, Luke Cage.
Season Two Now in Production
Currently in production on Season Two, ALTERED CARBON, the compelling and sophisticated sci-fi drama starring Anthony Mackie as Takeshi Kovacs confirms the return of fan-favorites Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer and Chris Conner as Poe. Visit @strongblacklead and @NXonNetflix for fan-favorite video announcements of their return.
Also joining the cast: Simone Missick as Trepp; Dina Shihabi is Dig 301, Torben Liebrecht as Colonel Carrera; and James Saito is Tanaseda Hideki. Additional cast to be announced.
Character descriptions are below:
ANTHONY MACKIE is TAKESHI KOVACS
A former Protectorate CTAC soldier who became a revolutionary Envoy, and then a mercenary for hire, Kovacs swears allegiance to no man or woman except one: Quellcrist Falconer. His undying quest to reconnect with her spans multiple centuries, planets and sleeves.
RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY as QUELLCRIST FALCONER
A fierce revolutionary leader with a deep bond to Takeshi Kovacs, Quell is driven by her desire to reset the balance between life and death.
CHRIS CONNER as POE
A centuries-old, highly-evolved A.I. and loyal companion to Takeshi Kovacs, Poe strives to understand what it means to be human.
SIMONE MISSICK is TREPP
An expert bounty hunter, Trepp is known for her ability to track down anyone in the Settled Worlds, for the right price.
DINA SHIHABI is DIG 301
An out-of-work A.I. programmed to assist human archeologists, Dig finds a new purpose when she meets Poe.
TORBEN LIEBRECHT as COLONEL IVAN CARRERA
The dogged leader of a Protectorate Special Forces unit known as the “Wedge,” Colonel Carrera is on the hunt for Takeshi Kovacs.
JAMES SAITO is TANASEDA HIDEKI
A centuries-old Yakuza boss, Tanaseda controls organized crime on the planet of Harlan’s World and shares a history with Takeshi Kovacs.
Based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan, ALTERED CARBON is from Skydance Television. Alison Schapker, Laeta Kalogridis and James Middleton serve as executive producers for the series, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross for Skydance.