Netflix have released the first trailer for new upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon, which appears to blend Blade Runner with sprinkles of Westworld.
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon takes place 300 years in the future in a world which has been transformed by a new technology; where consciousness can be digitised and human bodies interchangeable.
In a world where death is longer permanent, revived soldier Takeshi Kovacs is tasked with solving the murder of Laurens Bancroft – the man who brought him back to life and is now in a new ‘sleeve’.
Kovacs was trained by Quell, the leader of the Envoys, who were elite interstellar warriors training in the ways of intuition, combat and survival.
Essentially it’s an incredibly ambitious series, boasting some stunning sci-fi vistas along with the smarts to back it up.
The show boasts a cast including Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Dichen Lachman and Ato Essandoh.
Laeta Kalogridis acts as showrunner on the series, who originally intended to make a feature film with the property.
Speaking about the series to EW, Kalogridis said: ‘It’s very different than what else is out in this space. There’s some Philip K. Dick in there, William Gibson, obviously Ridley Scott, and actually some Orson Welles and John Huston.
‘We tried to imagine what a potential globalized future on Earth would look like, with a certain amount of technological change, a certain amount of technological familiarity and a very large degree of human familiarity.’
The first season of the show will consist of ten episodes, and will release on Netflix February 2, 2018.