Altered Carbon takes place in a sci-fi future where humans avoid death by uploading their consciousness into new “sleeves,” or biological bodies. Sleeves don’t always correspond to the body a person was born into; minds can be uploaded into sleeves of different ages, genders, or races. This kicks the door open for all sorts of re-casting possibilities in future seasons, something already put into effect for Season 2, with the re-casting of lead character Takeshi Kovacs, who was played by Joel Kinnaman in Season 1 but will be played by Anthony Mackie when the series returns. (Kinnaman was only signed for one year and announced his departure in February.)
No word on other casting announcements just yet, but there’s a good bet we’ll see more of Laurens Bancroft, the wealthy, mysterious character central to Altered Carbon’s mythology. Bancroft was played by James Purefoy in Season 1, but it’s unclear if he’ll be back. Another person likely to be back is Will Yun Lee, who played Kovacs’ original body. His flashbacks were a key element of Season 1, and will probably be just as important going forward.
Because death is such an obtuse concept in Altered Carbon, it’s possible we could also see the return of dead characters like Reileen (Dichen Lachman) and Poe (Chris Conner), though that’s less likely. The show seems to be embracing an anthology-like format, so we imagine the cast will be pretty distinct year to year.