‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World

She’ll play Danica Harlan on the Anthony Mackie-led second season of Netflix sci-fi series

Last Updated: August 27, 2019 @ 12:24 PM

“Power” star Lela Loren is joining the ranks of fictional galactic leaders with a series regular role on Season 2 of Netflix’s “Altered Carbon,” the streaming service revealed on Tuesday.

For the eight-episode second season of the sci-fi series, which is led by Anthony Mackie and set to debut in 2020, Loren will play Danica Harlan,  who is described as “the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World. She has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.”

According to Netflix, Loren has already completed production for Season 2, as her series regular role on “Altered Carbon” had been kept under wraps during filming.

Along with Mackie, who is taking over the part of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman for Season 2, Loren joins a cast that includes the returning Renée Elise Goldsberry as Quellcrist Falconer and Chris Conner as Poe, along with newcomers Dina Shihabi as Dig 301, Simone Missick as Trepp, Torben Liebrecht as Col. Carrera and James Saito as Tanaseda Hideki.

Based on the cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan, the world of “Altered Carbon” takes place over 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.

Alison Schapker serves as showrunner and executive produces along with creator Laeta Kalogridis, James Middleton, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

“Altered Carbon” is produced by Skydance Television for Netflix.

Here’s Loren’s bio, courtesy of Netflix:

Lela Loren is one of Hollywood’s rising stars. She has impressed audiences through her work in film, television, theatre and even the digital space and continues to show her outstanding range and grace in a variety of projects. Loren was most recently seen in the Starz series “Power,” where her character’s fate was revealed on Sunday, August 25th. In the summer of 2014, Loren was on Fox’s action drama series “Gang Related,” alongside Terry O’Quinn, Jay Hernandez and Ramon Rodriguez where she played Silvia, caught in a love triangle with the two leads. Loren also gave a standout performance in the thrilling Summit Entertainment film Snitch where she co-starred alongside Jon Bernthal and Dwayne Johnson. She appeared in a lead role in the Lifetime television movie Stalkers opposite Drea De Matteo and Mena Suvari. The film is based on the true story of the prosecutor who authored the stalking law in California. She has ventured into comedy as well, appearing in Warner Bros’ The Hangover III, and Sony Pictures’ Reign Over Me opposite Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. She has also starred in the Bryan Singer-produced web series “H+”, a joint venture with Warner Bros Digital Distribution and YouTube. Last year, Loren starred in an episode of the CBS drama series “Bull.” She has guest starred on a number of other popular television series including: “The Closer,” “Covert Affairs,” “Lost,” “The Mentalist,” “Chuck,” “NCIS,” “The Unit,” “The Shield,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Miami,” “Cold Case” and many more. In 2009, she gave a raved-about, leading performance on stage in “Boleros for the Disenchanted” written by José Rivera (acclaimed screenwriter of The Motorcycle Diaries). She was hailed as “first among equals” and “a rare find” for her portrayal as Flora. Loren was born and raised in California. She is multilingual: fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

She is repped by The Gersh Agency and Inspire Entertainment.

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