After showcasing a premiere date announcement teaser last week, the full teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Altered Carbon has been released online. Based on the cyberpunk noir novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, the sci-fi series takes place 300 years in the future, in a world where humans’ consciousness can be transferred into new bodies, allowing them to live for hundreds of years. But when James Purefoy’s incredibly wealthy Laurens Bancroft is murdered, he hires an interstellar warrior to solve the case.
Joel Kinnaman, of The Killing and RoboCop fame, plays that warrior, Takeshi Kovacs. He’s the lone surviving soldier from a group that was defeated in an uprising, and his mind was imprisoned for centuries until Laurens pulls him out. The show certainly looks to be visually quite stunning, which is no surprise given that it’s directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones. There are certainly strong hints of Blade Runner here, and it’ll be interesting to see how the full series unfolds.
Check out the new Altered Carbon trailer below. Written and produced by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), the series also stars Renee Elise Goldsberry, Martha Higareda, Ato Essandoh, Chris Conner, Will Yun Lee, and Dichen Lachman. Altered Carbon premieres on Netflix on February 2, 2018.
Here’s the official synopsis for Altered Carbon:
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself. The series is produced by Skydance Television for Netflix.