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START: Netflix’s Big Sci-fi Series ALTERED CARBON With Joel Kinnaman Starts Filming in Vancouver’s Skydance Studios

In the 25th century, humans are digitized and can be downloaded into different bodies, making death almost obsolete.

Joel Kinnaman. Suicide Squad image.

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Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, the last of the interstellar warriors known as the Envoys, who after 500 years in dark storage has his consciousness downloaded into a new body (sleeve) in the San Francisco of the 25th Century. Kovacs must solve a single murder in a world where death is almost obsolete or return to the eternal darkness of the cortical stack. Based on Richard Morgan’s cyberpunk book, Altered Carbon is a 10-episode series for Netflix.

Martha Higareda is the female lead as Kristin Ortega, a lieutenant in the Bay City Police Department.

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James Purefoy co-stars as over-500-years-old Laurens Bancroft, one of the super wealthy.

James Purefoy. The Following image Michael Lavine/FOX.

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Dichen Lachman is Reileen Kawahara, Kovacs’ older sister.

Dichen Lachman. Supergirl image.

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Tony-winning Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldberry is Quellcrist Falconer.

Leo Nam is Stronghold Kovacs.

Ato Assandoh is Vernon Elliot.

Chris Conner is Poe.

Marlene Forte is Alazne Ortega.

Trieu Tran is Mister Leung.

Tahmoh Penkikett is Dimitri Kadmin.

Laeta Kalogridis is the showrunner and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) will direct the series premiere.

Joel Kinnaman spent four seasons filming The Killing in metro Vancouver.

Altered Carbon has built giant sets in Skydance Media’s new Surrey film studio Skydance Studios which converted the former Province and Vancouver Sun printing press into a five sound-stage studio.

“They’re really going to be able to create a world that’s got a bigger budget than the first three seasons of Game of Thrones,” Joel Kinnaman told Yahoo News. “It’s going to be something special. It’s something that’s never been done before, and I’m a big fan of intelligent sci-fi. To see a sci-fi show that’s a hard R-rated sci-fi show with a big budget, so they’re really going to be able to create this entire world … I just started drooling at that possibility.”

Altered Carbon is prepping a location at Queen Elizabeth Park too.

@yvrshoots filming details. Must be a big production with 9 days of setup. #ALTErEDCArBON #ACP #yvrshoots pic.twitter.com/T0PhNqtDWl

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Production cancelled the Queen Elizabeth Park shoot. Weather too grey. Will postpone to Spring when the trees have leaves. Filmed in downtown Vancouver’s Canada Post building instead.

Altered Carbon is expected to start filming today and wrap June 20th next year (dates subject to change) with the working title Sleeves.

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