Netflix’s new sci-fi series Altered Carbon has cast its female lead in Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony-winning actress -- who recently appeared on The Following, Sisters and The Good Wife -- is exiting Broadway hit Hamilton to star alongside Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, RoboCop, Suicide Squad), who'll play Takeshi Kovacs.
Goldsberry will play the role of Quellcrist Falconer, the revolutionary leader of the rebellion against the Protectorate. The character is described as a master strategist and the love of Kovacs' life. Awww.
The 10-episode series is an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk noir sci-fi novel of the same name. The story takes place in the 25th century in a world where people can digitally store and download their personalities into a new body called “sleeve” when they die.
The upcoming series is created, penned and executive-produced by Laeta Kalogridis, who’s got a boatload of geek cred. Kalogridis’ writing and producing credits include Avatar, Shutter Island, Terminator Genesis and Alita: Battle Angel. Not bad, eh? Oh, and there's also the fact that Altered Carbon is a passion project of hers, which fills me with hope the series will be in good hands.
Takeshi Kovacs is a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years. He finds himself downloaded into a future he tried to stop, where he must solve a single murder (remember, people’s consciousnesses are transferred to a living body, making death pretty much obsolete) in order to have a shot at a new life on Earth.
If you guys are thinking, "Wait! Kinnaman isn’t Asian!", here’s the thing. Even if Takeshi Kovacs is a character of Japanese and Eastern European descent, he’s uploaded into a body that belongs to a man named Elias Ryker. And voila!
Are you looking forward to Renée Elise Goldsberry coming on board Altered Carbon? Do you think she'll make a perfect Quellcrist?