This weeks marks the launch of new Netflix original series Altered Carbon, and to celebrate this ambitious, sci-fi endeavour, we travelled to Paris to meet the show’s leading stars. Here we speak to James Purefoy (Laurens Bancroft) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (Quellcrist Falconer) about this exciting new project.
We began by asking them what it was that attracted them to Altered Carbon, and why they believe it often takes more supernatural, fantastic worlds to help access the pertinent problems in our own. We speak about the striking aesthetic of the world that has been created here, and what it’s like for the actors to watch it back and see it all come together, while finally we discuss the hypothetical premise of this show, and whether Purefoy and Goldsberry believe that we may too see similar technological advances explored in the show – and if so, whether or not they’d be willing to partake.
ALTERED CARBON is set in a future where consciousness is digitised 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 story follows specially trained “Envoy” soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who is downloaded from an off-world prison and into the body of a disgraced cop at the behest of Laurens Bancroft, a highly influential aristocrat. Bancroft was killed, and the last automatic backup of his stack was made hours before his death, leaving him with no memory of who killed him and why. While police ruled it a suicide, Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth.
Altered Carbon launches on Netflix on February 2nd.