Press release from Netflix, July 27, 2018:
- Netflix has ordered eight additional episodes of Altered Carbon from Skydance Television.
- The series is based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan.
- Anthony Mackie (Captain America series, Detroit) will star as Takeshi Kovacs
- Laeta Kalogridis will return as co-showrunner and executive producer.
- Alison Schapker joins the series as co-showrunner and will also serve as an executive producer.
- David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance.
- James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), will serve as an executive producer.
For those unfamiliar with the world of Altered Carbon, I also wanted to share the below as background on how different actors can play the same character in different seasons:
In the world of Altered Carbon, the journey of Takeshi Kovacs spans hundreds of years, many different bodies, and planets. This allows the story to explore themes of identity, mortality, and the human soul. In this new season, Anthony Mackie will be the new embodiment of Kovacs, as the series continues to expand on these deeper themes and ideas across longer periods of times and different worlds throughout the universe.
ANTHONY MACKIE BIO
ANTHONY MACKIE who was classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama, is a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of characters. Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in the off Broadway “Up Against the Wind”. Immediately following, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile.
In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and as Tupac Shakur in Notorious BIG biopic Notorious. Mackie also starred in the Jay Roach directed, adaptation of the Tony Award winning- play All The Way. He played the role of Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson.
Mackie is a member of the Marvel Comics family, playing the role of Sam Wilson/The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,”Avengers: Age of Ultron,”Ant-Man,Captain America: Civil War” and most recently Avengers: Infinity War.
Mackie’s other feature credits include roles in such movies as Million Dollar Baby, Brother to Brother, Shelter, Pain & Gain, The Adjustment Bureau and The Night Before.
Up next, Mackie can soon be seen in theaters in The Hate U Give, based on the best selling novel by Angie Thomas, set to be released on October 19, 2018. He can also be seen in the remake of Miss Bala alongside Gina Rodriguez to be released January 25, 2019.