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Netflix Renews ‘Altered Carbon’ for Season 2 With Anthony Mackie as New Lead

”Avengers“ actor replaces Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs

Netflix has renewed science fiction drama “Altered Carbon” for a second season with Anthony Mackie taking on the role of Takeshi Kovacs.

The “Avengers” and “Hurt Locker” star replaces Joel Kinnaman, who originated the role.

The series takes place in a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized, thus giving people the ability to upload their mind into new bodies (referred to as “sleeves”). Mackie will play the new “sleeve” of Kovacs. 

“Altered Carbon” is based on Richard K. Morgan’s science fiction novels. In Morgan’s book series, Kovacs’ story spans hundreds of years, many different bodies and planets. 

For Season 2, which will consist of eight episodes, Alison Schapker will join creator Laeta Kalogridis as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.

This will be Mackie’s first regular TV role, though it’s likely to be just one-and-done, like Kinnaman’s stint.

Mackie most recently starred in Disney’s box office juggernaut, “Avengers: Infinity War” in the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon. He has also appeared in films, “The Hurt Locker,” “8 Mile,” “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Detroit.” He can next be seen in “The Hate U Give,” which will hit theaters in October.