Altered Carbon renewed for season 2: Anthony Mackie replaces Joel Kinnaman

Altered Carbon is officially renewed. The Netflix futuristic sci-fi series will come back for a second season. What do we know about it and what can we expect?

Altered Carbon season 2 is officially happening. The show’s social media account tweeted out a simple update, sharing that a new season would bring a new sleeve. Netflix has also announced the new face of Takeshi Kovacs.

Yes, a new sleeve. It’s the same character but with a different face. That makes sense considering how the first season finished, but will the show be the same with someone new in the role?

Altered Carbon does have the benefit of showing us Takeshi Kovacs in two different sleeves during the series. It won’t feel too odd getting to know someone else in the role. Fortunately, Netflix has already announced the new face to get used to and it’s a good one.

More: Altered Carbon season 2: Will Joel Kinnaman return?

Make way for Anthony Mackie, who is best known as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and subsequent Marvel movies. This continues the push for more diversity on Netflix while giving fans a strong actor who will certainly draw in another fandom and become the new role.

Other than a new sleeve, things may not feel overly different. Laeta Kalogridis remains as showrunner for Altered Carbon season 2. Netflix has also confirmed Alison Schapker will join her as co-showrunner.

This all but confirms what has been suspected that Joel Kinnaman will not return to the series. Season 1 left Ortega with her boyfriend back and Kovacs stack moving onto someone else. Kinnaman has previously said that he wouldn’t rule out a second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He could also come back with Martha Higareda to show how that relationship is working after time as Kovacs’ sleeve.

While the first season covered the first novel of the same name, there’s a chance that the second season will cover the second novel in the series, Broken Angels. This picks up decades further in the future with Kovacs in a new sleeve on a new mission. Netflix hasn’t confirmed whether the second novel will be adapted yet, but it certainly makes sense.

There is no release date or episode order for Altered Carbon season 2 yet but an early 2019 release is anticipated.