Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW SCI-FI SHOW IS A REAL MORTALITY TALE; Netflix Series Altered Carbon's Leading Man Joel Kinnaman Tells GEORGIA HUMPHREYS What to Expect from the Futuristic Series

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEW SCI-FI SHOW IS A REAL MORTALITY TALE; Netflix Series Altered Carbon's Leading Man Joel Kinnaman Tells GEORGIA HUMPHREYS What to Expect from the Futuristic Series

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Byline: GEORGIA HUMPHREYS

IMAGINE being reborn after 250 years on ice, only to find you have a totally new body. That's what happens to mercenary and rebel Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix's latest original series.

Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 sci-fi novel of the same name by British author Richard K. Morgan.

Set in the futuristic world of Bay City (formerly San Francisco) and brought to life by Laeta Kalogridis (executive producer on Avatar and Shutter Island), the show explores identity, race, gender, economics and technology.

ON SMALL SCREEN Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, 38, plays Kovacs. Here, he reveals more about the show's mind-bending motifs.

DEATH IS NOT INEVITABLE THE most striking element of this futuristic world is that people's consciousness can be saved every 48 hours on downloadable discs - and these can be "spun up" into a new body, or "sleeve".

It's mainly the wealthy ruling class, called "Meths", who are able to do this - those who aren't as privileged are called "Grounders".

THE Grounders might only be able to afford to have their minds placed inside an older body, for example. One of the most disturbing scenes in the show sees a child waking up in an elderly person.

Would Joel ever consider "re-sleeving" in real life? "I think if I was given the opportunity, I would take it," admits the star, known for roles in shows such as The Killing and House of Cards. "But I don't think it's the right choice for humanity as a whole.

"It's one of those things which is so thrilling, the idea of getting to continue to live, seeing where society goes and where innovation is going to go.

"At the same time, I think that the thesis of the show is in some ways correct, that if we lose our mortality then we also lose our humanity."

A MURDER MYSTERY KOVACS, who is now in the body of a disgraced police detective, has been brought back to life by a 375-yearold wealthy mogul called Laurens Bancroft (played by James Purefoy) to solve a very unusual whodunnit. …

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