Netflix renews 'Altered Carbon' for a second season, Anthony Mackie to replace Joel Kinnaman

Netflix renews 'Altered Carbon' for a second season, Anthony Mackie to replace Joel Kinnaman

After the success of season 1, Netflix has renewed 'Altered Carbon' for a second season and cast Anthony Mackie in the leading role

Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' has officially been renewed for a second season, but there will be a change-up in the actor playing the leading role of Takeshi Kovacs, the former Envoy with mercenary skills who now acts as a political operative. Joel Kinnaman played the role for season 1 and it has been announced that Anthony Mackie will be taking over the character for the upcoming season.

To those who follow the show, the casting change won't come as a surprise. Set in 2384 in a futuristic San Francisco known as Bay City, a person's memories can be decanted in a disk-shaped storage device called a 'cortical stack' that is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. Physical human and synthetic bodies are called 'sleeves' and when a person dies, his/her stack can be transferred to new bodies, theoretically implying that one can live forever. At the end of season 1, Kinnaman's Kovacs had to turn his sleeve, giving a perfect opportunity to introduce a new Kovacs for season 2. 

Joel Kinnaman will no longer be portraying Takeshi Kovacs (Source: IMDb)
Joel Kinnaman will no longer be portraying Takeshi Kovacs (Source: IMDb)

Based on the 2002 novel of the same name by English author Richard K. Morgan, the dystopian science fiction cyberpunk series stays true to its roots for the most part, except for a few changes to the characters. It premiered to good critical reviews, with most praising the show for its futuristic visuals and complexity of the plot. Its renewal shows that executives at the network still hold the series in high regard.

Anthony Mackie should prove to be an excellent Kovacs in his own right, despite this being his first leading role in a television series. The occasion is unlikely to faze the 39-year-old considering the glittering CV he has built over the years.

The actor is best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in films such as 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Ant-Man,' 'Captain America: Civil War,' and 'Avengers: Infinity War' since 2014. His roles in the Academy Award-winning 'The Hurt Locker' and critically-acclaimed HBO TV Film 'All the Way' opposite Bryan Cranston also put him on the map as one of Hollywood's more talented supporting actors. 

he actor is best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (IMDb)
The actor is best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (IMDb)

The ending of season 1 and the subsequent recasting indicates that season 2 will cover the second book in the trilogy, 'Broken Angels,' that sees Kovacs as a member of a mercenary outfit fighting a corporate war on a planet called Sanction IV three decades later.

According to Variety, Laeta Kalogridis will return as showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Schapker joining as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television and James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.