Netflix has renewed Altered Carbon for a second season and has brought on Anthony Mackie (Avengers films, Captain America films) to star as Takeshi Kovacs. The streaming service has ordered eight additional episodes from Skydance Television.
In the world of Altered Carbon, the journey of Takeshi Kovacs spans hundreds of years, many different bodies, and planets. This allows the story to explore themes of identity, mortality, and the human soul. In this new season, Anthony Mackie will be the new embodiment of Kovacs, as the series continues to expand on these deeper themes and ideas across longer periods of times and different worlds throughout the universe.
The series is based on the classic science fiction novels by Richard K. Morgan. Laeta Kalogridis will return as co-showrunner and executive producer. Alison Schapker joins the series as co-showrunner and will also serve as an executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance. James Middleton (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), will serve as an executive producer.
Mackie made his film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile. In 2009, Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and as Tupac Shakur in Notorious BIG biopic Notorious. Mackie also starred in the Jay Roach-directed adaptation of the Tony Award winning-play All the Way. He played the role of Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson.
Mackie is a member of the Marvel Comics family, playing the role of Sam Wilson/The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and most recently Avengers: Infinity War.
Mackie’s other feature credits include roles in such movies as Million Dollar Baby, Brother to Brother, Shelter, Pain & Gain, The Adjustment Bureau and The Night Before.