In Altered Carbon, Netflix's new mind-bending sci-fi thriller (that's kind of their thing now, no?), human consciousness can be uploaded into a new host, essentially creating the potential for immortality. The story is centred on Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee), a soldier who resurrects from "death" 250 years later in 2384. It turns out that Kovacs is brought back from "the ice" to carry a mission. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder ... that of Bancroft himself.
The series has a fair bit of heft behind it: the pilot episode was directed by Game of Thrones' Miguel Sapochnik, who directed seminal episodes Battle of The Bastards and The Winds of Winter, while series creator Laeta Kalogridis is best known for penning the screenplay to Martin Scorsese's dark psychological drama Shutter Island.
The fast-paced, murder mystery combines explosive action with mind-boggling sci-fi concepts which could see the Netflix original become one of the most widely watched new shows this year. They're just cranking out great content after great content piece.
Who is in the cast?
The man who brought him back, aristocrat Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), has done so in order for Kovacs to solve his own murder - a plot point which has been the denouement of numerous teasing clips that Netflix has released so far.
Altered Carbon stars James Purefoy (Rome, Trollhunters), Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, The Killing), and Will Yun Lee (San Andreas).
Renee Elise Goodman, from The Good Wife, and Dichen Lachman, from US Shameless, also feature alongside Mexican actress Martha Higareda. "If you don't solve this quickly enough", he warns in the trailer, "I will erase you".
The impressive trailer for Altered Carbon dropped yesterday and sets the tone for the tech noir series.