Altered Carbon season 2: Why did Joel Kinnaman leave Altered Carbon?

Altered Carbon previewed on Netflix today (Thursday, February 27) and fans have been binge-watching the show ever since. In the new series, The Avenger’s star, Anthony Mackie, takes on the role of Takeshi Kovacs, replacing Suicide Squad’s Joel Kinnaman in the role. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the cast change.

Why did Joel Kinnaman leave Altered Carbon?

Swedish actor Joel Kinsman starred as Takeshi Kovacs in Altered Carbon season one, which aired in 2018 on Netflix worldwide.

He starred in all 10 episodes of the sci-fi series, which is available to watch on Netflix now.

The new season of Altered Carbon mainly features a brand new cast, with only Chris Conner and Renée Elise Goldsberry returning for the first series as Edgar Poe and Quellcrist Falconer respectively.

Kinnaman simply left the role of Takeshi Kovacs due to the nature of his character’s storyline.

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At the end of Altered Carbon season one, Takeshi Kovacs was ‘resleeved’ meaning his unique microchip called a cortical stack was put in a brand new body known as a sleeve.

Kovac’s returned the sleeve to its rightful owner, Ryker, to reunite him with his lover, Detective Kristin Ortega (played by Martha Higareda).

Therefore for the second season, a new actor had to take on the role of the original Takeshi Kovacs.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Kinnaman defended the choice to recast Mackie in the role.

He said: “That was always the intention of the show, and I thought that that was a very cool concept, that the character would continue, but a new actor would play him for each season.

“So I wouldn’t be surprised if, in another season, we see a woman playing the same character. That’s the possibility when people can change bodies.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Alison Schapker teaed that the character Kovacs could be replaced in the third series by another actor and would be constantly changing.

She said: “If we do our jobs right…Kovacs played by another actor and then another actor and then another actor”

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Since leaving Altered Carbon, Kinsman has gone on to appear in numerous TV series and films.

You can currently watch him on Apple TV’s For All Mankind as Ed Baldwin, where he stars opposite Michael Dorman.

Kinnaman also starred in the Amazon Prime series Hanna as Erik Heller in 2019 and Pete Koslow in the British crime drama film, The Informer.

He is currently reprising his role as Rick Flag in The Suicide Squad sequel, which will premiere in 2021.

Kinnaman’s other credits include Child 44, Edge of Winter, House of Cards and The Killing.

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Who is new cast member Anthony Mackie?

Anthony Mackie is an American actor and film producer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

He has featured in several films and television shows and rose to fame for his Broadway Career.

Mackie rose to international fame for his role as Sergeant J. T. Sanborn in The Hurt locker.

He then went on to land the role as Sam Wilson / Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Mackie will reprise the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon in the upcoming Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Solider starring opposite Sebastian Stan.

Altered Carbon is streaming on Netflix now

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