The pilot was shot by Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnik (who handled the "Battle of the Bastards" episode of "Game of Thrones").
Based on the 2002 book by Richard K. Morgan, the series takes place in a distant, scientifically advanced future where people can download their mind and place it into another body (called a sleeve) after they die to prolong their own lives.
Kovacs was trained by Quell, the leader of the Envoys, who were elite interstellar warriors training in the ways of intuition, combat and survival.
The series will debut on Netflix on February 2.
The cast for Altered Carbon is fantastically impressive and includes the likes of Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), James Purefoy (Hap and Leonard), Ato Essandoh (Chicago Med), Tamara Taylor (Bones) and many others. Earth's wealthiest man, Laurens Bancroft (Antonio Marziale) hires him for an unusual task: someone murdered Bancroft's previous body, and the new version wants Kovacs to track down the killer. Mere months after the internet lambasted Ghost in the Shell for telling a story about an East-Asian woman having her brain transplanted into a very white Scarlett Johansson, Altered Carbon seems poised to pull off something similar, as the Joel Kinnaman Takeshi is very much the star of the show.
Speaking about the series to EW, Kalogridis said: 'It's very different than what else is out in this space.
In addition to its cyberpunk pedigree, Altered Carbon is also considered a noir drama, which has been Netflix's fare of choice lately with successes like Jessica Jones and Daredevil, as well as avant garde fare such as Sense8.
While you wait for your mind to be blown, watch the teaser trailer below.