Following its fantasy movie Bright, Netflix is upping the explosive sci-fi factor with TV series Altered Carbon.
“Your body is not who you are. You shed it like a snake sheds its skin,” sets the scene at the top of the trailer.
“We transfer the human consciousness between bodies to live eternal life.”
The official blurb fills things out. “An intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.
“Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitised; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.”
The series is created by Laeta Kalogridis and features a starry cast of Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee and Dichen Lachman.
In the dystopian future of Altered Carbon, the conglomerate PsychaSec has developed the technology to download consciousness so it can be placed in a storage – or a new human host – endlessly.
This ability to cheat death is exclusively available to the wealthy, or those with particularly useful skill sets.
Such is the case with Takeshi Kovacs, a soldier who is most recently reincarnated into a body that looks very much like Joel Kinnaman.
Takeshi is brought back to solve the murder of businessman Laurens Bancroft (Purefoy), who is footing the bill thanks to his own recent reincarnation.
Altered Carbon launches around the world on Friday, February 2 on Netflix.