Netflix’s sci-fi drama Altered Carbon officially unveiled its new cast for season 2.
The lavish production, which debuted to mixed reviews last year, dropped star Joel Kinnaman from the starring role of mercenary Takeshi Kovacs. Instead, as previously announced, Anthony Mackie (best known for playing Falcon in The Avengers franchise) will take over the role.
The show’s premise based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel involves characters being able to jump into other “sleeves” (aka bodies), so changing actors is relatively easy to explain. Kovacs is an Asian character, however, and there was some protest during season 1 that Kinnaman largely played the role, though he was also played in certain scenes by Byron Mann.
There are several other new actors on board in the casting video above, but Renee Elise Goldsberry is back as Kovacs’ love interest Quellcrist Falconer and Chris Conner returns as the AI character Poe.