Netflix's Beautiful New Sci-Fi Series Will Make You Rethink Death

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Altered Carbon will be available to stream on February 2, 2018.

Video: After a week of hints and teasers, Netflix has lifted the lid on its lavish adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's seminal cyberpunk thriller Altered Carbon, and so far it's looking worthy of its oft-rumoured title as one of the most expensive shows the streaming service has ever made.

Altered Carbon may ultimately flop, but it should absolutely look great.

The epic new show has been described by IMDb as a world 'where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness "re-sleeved" into new bodies'.

The show centers on Enovy soldier (who are elite interstellar warriors) Takeshi Kovacs, played by Joel Kinnaman from House Of Cards.

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Based on Richard Morgan's novel, the sci-fi drama "is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next". In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder. that of Bancroft himself.

What is a body other than the vessel for your consciousness? Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, Robocop) plays Envoy soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who is brought back to life using this process to investigate the attempted murder of Earth's wealthiest man Laurens Bancroft, played by James Purefoy (Rome, The Following).

Netflix quietly acquired the rights to Altered Carbon at the start of 2016, but this sprawling story required a larger production than your average original.

The firs trailer for Altered Carbon is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The trailer certainly nails the same dystopian future, cyberpunk aesthetic that delighted fans of Blade Runner 2049, so clear your binging schedule for 2018 accordingly.

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