Marlene Forte (The Fosters) and Trieu Tran (The Newsroom) have joined the cast of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s adaptation of Richard Morgan’s excellent 2002 cyberpunky sci-fi novel. Done right, this could be the series for people who think The Expanse is a bit fluffy.
Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when the human consciousness has been digitised and can be transferred from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) is a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, but at the start of the story is downloaded into a new body in a future he’d tried to prevent. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.
Marlene Forte is set to play Alazne Ortega, matriarch of Ortega family and devout Catholic, she’s a woman who refuses to allow the tech in her world drown her humanity.
Tran will play Mister Leung, a violent killer and fixer who finds employment among the ultra-rich Meths of the Altered Carbon world. He solves their convoluted problems, removes their most potent enemies and never, ever leaves behind evidence of his crimes. He is a ghost. You wouldn’t want him coming for you.
The series is being written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis (a producer on Avatar and Shutter Island) for Skydance Television while Miguel Sapochnik (the man Game Of Thrones brings in to helm big battles) will be directing the first episode. Other confirmed cast includes James Purefoy (The Following), Martha Higareda (Royal Pains), Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Agents Of SHIELD), Leonardo Nam (Westworld), Chris Conner (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story) and Ato Essandoh (Vinyl).