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James Purefoy and more join the Altered Carbon TV show

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James Purefoy

James Purefoy

Netflix are going cyberpunk as they are making a series based onRichard Morgan’s excellent book, Altered Carbon.

Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. 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.

The 10 episode series is written and executive produced by Logoeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island, Terminator Genesis). She acquired the rights to Altered Carbon as well as the other books in Morgan’s “Takeshi Kovacs” series four years ago through Mythology Entertainment, the company she had launched with partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt.

“Altered Carbon is one of the most seminal pieces of post-cyberpunk hard science fiction out there — a dark, complex noir story that challenges our ideas of what it means to be human when all information becomes encodable, including the human mind,” Kalogridis said at the time of the book acquisition.

 Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, Robocop) and Martha Higareda (Royal Pains) are playing the two leads. They will be joined by James Purefoy (Hap and Leonard), Dichen Lachman (The Last Ship, Agents of SHIELD) and Leonardo Nam (Westworld).

Martha Higareda

Martha Higareda

Deadline had details on who they will be playing:

  • Higareda will play Kristin Ortega, a smart and tough Lieutenant in the Bay City PD. She and her family are immigrants from the North LaTam Zone (an area that was once Mexico, Belize, Guatamala and El Salvador) and Ortega is following in the footsteps of her father, a cop who died heroically in the line of duty.
  • Purefoy will play Laurens Bancroft. One of the superwealthy class known as Methuselahs, Bancroft is rich, influential, and over 500 years old. He is a man of contradictions, ruthlessly powerful yet unexpectedly moral, his deep passion for all the pleasures of life matched only by his need to exert iron control over everything around him.
  • Lachman is Reileen Kawahara, Takeshi Kovacs’ (Kinnaman) older sister, they share a dark and violent childhood. They were killers for hire who became revolutionaries, but always stayed at each other’s side … until Reileen was killed.
  • Nam is Stronghold Kovacs, the body Takeshi Kovacs was born into. As a young man, he joined the Uprising, fell in love, became an Envoy and then endured the loss of everyone and everything that mattered to him.
Dichen Lachman

Dichen Lachman

Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) will direct the first episode. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross executive produce alongside Steve Blackman and Kalogridis’ Mythology Entertainment partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt.

Leonardo Nam

Leonardo Nam

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