The Fierce Joel Kinnaman

He stars in the sci-fi series Altered Carbon

BY: Zak Wojnar

Fans of Richard Morgan‘s acclaimed science fiction novel series, rejoice: Altered Carbon is coming to Netflix. The legend goes that showrunner Laeta Kalogridis had initially optioned the novel for a feature film adaptation way back in 2002, when the book was first published; however, struggles over preserving the story’s graphic content and mature themes led to the project going nowhere for over a decade. Finally, with Netflix‘s relaxed attitudes towards provocative content, the time has come for the revered cyberpunk story to make an impression on television viewers.

Altered Carbon is set in a science fiction future where people can discard their bodies, transplanting their essence into new ones, called “sleeves.” Joel Kinnaman plays Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite soldier who was imprisoned for hundreds of years, and who is now tasked with solving a murder in order to earn back his freedom.

The original book won the 2003 Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel, and hopes are high for the series to stay true to its source material while also offering a unique experience for the television audience.

Swedish/American actor Joel Kinnaman is one of the most talented actors working today. He won rave reviews for his work on the acclaimed AMC (and later, Netflix) mystery saga, The Killing and made an excellent run for the Presidency against Frank Underwood in season 5 of House of Cards. His attempts to break out into mainstream movie roles, however, has been mixed; Run All Night has a cult following, but the ill-advised Robocop remake was a bomb, and Suicide Squad, despite financial success, was a hot mess of cardboard characters and incoherent storytelling. Altered Carbon is Kinnaman‘s chance to remind the world why we fell in love with him in the first place!

Altered Carbon premieres February 2 on Netflix.