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August 15,2018

Hello Joel fans – we’ve got some exciting news! Joel is set to star in yet another project, as he has just been announced as one of the stars joining the upcoming Apple Space Drama From Ron Moore. This will be his third different series for a streaming provider, and he will be playing the top NASA astronaut Edward Baldwin! You can read more about the new project below, and we will keep you updated on any new information.

The Hollywood Reporter – The series will explore what might have happened if the space race never ended.
Three lead roles in an Apple drama series from Outlander’s Ron Moore have been cast.

Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones and Michael Dorman have climbed aboard the untitled project, which will explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. The drama received a straight-to-series order in December as part of Apple’s sizable (but as yet unseen) push into scripted series.

Kinnaman (Altered Carbon, Amazon’s upcoming Hanna) will act in his third different series for a streaming provider by joining the Moore drama. He will play top astronaut Edward Baldwin.

Jones (Damnation, The Path) and Dorman (Patriot) will play Tracy and Gordo Stevens, a prominent NASA couple.

Moore is no stranger to sci-fi, having worked on several Star Trek series and films and having created the 2004-09 Battlestar Galactica series. He serves as creator, executive producer and writer of the Apple series along with Fargo veterans Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Maril Davis is also an executive producer. The show hails from Sony and Moore’s Tall Ship Productions.

Moore’s project is one of more than a dozen scripted series Apple has in development. The trillion-dollar company has yet to announce when or how it will distribute all of those projects.

May 11,2018
Marilia   /   0 Comments   •   Altered Carbon

Hello, friends. Our gallery has been updated with Altered Carbon 4K screencaptures, plus 27 promotional stills, 7 behind the scenes images and a poster. Enjoy!

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January 03,2018

Collider | Once you’ve shrugged off your holiday hangover, can we take a moment to get officially hyped for Netflix‘s first big science fiction release of 2018? Altered Carbon won’t hit the streaming service until February 2, 2018, but Netflix has already released a string of dazzling teasers. The show, a sort of cyberpunk-y, space noir-y, action-y murder mystery is set nearly 300 years in the future, where immortality is real, but it comes with a catch. You see, you can store your consciousness on a chip, and when you shuffle off your current mortal coil, this chip can be implanted in a new body, or sleeve. Naturally, not everyone is psyched about this development — it presents a moral and metaphysical quandary, after all – and one such dissenter, an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs, is revived centuries after his death in a brand new “Joel Kinnaman-shaped” body for a unique purpose. He needs to solve an immortal man’s murder.

Does it sound like a lot? It sounds like a lot. It also sounds potentially cool as heck. (“Cool as heck” is a technical, safe-for-work term to describe something that “f*cking b*tching.”) Altered Carbon is based on a 2002 cult sci-fi thriller by Richard K. Morgan and the series is something of a passion project for its showrunner and creator, Laeta Kalogridis. The screenwriter bought the film options for the book around the time it first came out, but it was a pass from most major studios. However, now its found a home as a lavish series on Netflix. And Netflix seems to be pretty psyched for it. In addition to the two teasers Netflix dropped last month, the streaming service has also given fans a behind-the-scenes look at the series, that doubles as a kind of “Altered Carbon for Dummies.”

There are a bunch of reasons why Netflix might be betting big on the series. Yeah, it’s rumored to be one of the most expensive series that the streaming service has ordered, but it’s something of a sound investment. While Netflix’s programming strategy used to look haphazard — as though they were just trying to fit every audience niche possible — they’re starting to hone in on a specific genre that consistently does well for them. Since Stranger Things and Black Mirror became surprise hits for the service, Netflix has invested in sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers in a big way. Case in point: Bright. Netflix spent over $90 million on the David Ayer orc cop-fairy pest drama and while critics (and my mom) hated it, the film netted over 11 million viewers in its first weekend on the site.

Altered Carbon has all the trimmings of a Netflix smash hit. It’s got sex, action, sumptuous visuals, a complicated murder mystery, and Joel Kinnaman. Yeah, I said “Joel Kinnaman.” The Swedish-American actor may not have made it big time on the big screen, but he consistently pops in Netflix fare like House of Cards and The Killing. So…are you hyped yet?

January 03,2018
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Altered Carbon Videos

Netflix has released a new Altered Carbon featurette, titled “Building the World of Altered Carbon“! In this new video, we get to see some brand new footage, as well as hear the cast talk about the upcoming show. Check it out below!

250 years into the future life can be extended indefinitely with new technology. Watch the cast and crew of Altered Carbon delve into the world and the backstory of the show.

December 05,2017

I have an exciting update for you today Joel fans! Netflix has finally set a premiere date for Joel’s new show, Altered Carbon; February 2, 2018. They have also released the first official trailer, which you can watch below. It looks really intriguing, I am so pumped for this show!

In addition to the trailer and release date, we also have the first 5 episode stills in high quality. They have been added to our gallery, and you can find previews and links below!

“Live forever, in the body you deserve.” Netflix has set a premiere date for Altered Carbon, its futuristic sci-fi series based on Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel. The series from Skydance Television starts streaming Friday, February 2. Check out a new teaser above that plays as an ad for Psychasec, the company behind the body transfers.

The Killing alum Jeol Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 300 years and is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized, human bodies are interchangeable, and death is no longer permanent. Kovacs is the lone surviving Envoy after they were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned, “on ice”, for centuries until Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder — that of Bancroft himself.

Martha Higareda also stars as Kristin Ortega, a smart and tough lieutenant in the Bay City PD who is following in the footsteps of her father, a cop who died heroically in the line of duty.

Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) directed the first episode. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross executive produce alongside Steve Blackman and Kalogridis’ Mythology Entertainment partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt. | Deadline

November 30,2017

ShortList | Netflix have loooooooads of money, and they’re not afraid to spend it ostentatiously. Upcoming show Altered Carbon is rumoured to cost up to $7,000,000 per episode, which is LOADS. Like, that’s more than Game of Thrones cost when it started (it costs more than that now, due to ballooning salaries and stuff, but it also makes loads of dosh).

Based on the 2002 book by British author Richard K. Morgan, the show stars Joel Kinnaman, best known as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad and Robocop in the entirely unnecessary but not terrible remake.

Kinnaman has described Altered Carbon as “intelligent sci-fi”, and “something that’s never been done before”, adding that when he read the script he started drooling. If you actually picture that, it’s sort of gross (“Hi, I’m Joel, and if your script is good it better come with a bib!”), but it’s all meant very positively.

The production has been kept largely under wraps, filming in a massive Canadian studio and releasing very little in the way of info other than that there’ll be ten episodes initially and it’ll be out in 2018. But now, a super-secret Reddit user has leaked images – GIFs, no less – of the show’s world. The Redditor’s username, ‘lastenvoy’, is a reference to the book – Envoys are soldiers trained to withstand all kinds of hideous mental and physical torture.

The world looks pretty rad, all neon and Blade Runner-y, with that ‘future-knackered’ vibe that’s always fun, complete with futuristic hard-boiled sounding terms like ‘skin jobs’.

The book is the first of a trilogy following Takeshi Kovacs, a gangster turned Envoy supersoldier turned mercenary in a dystopian future where people’s personalities can be downloaded and passed from body to body.

If the show really takes off, it’s not necessarily great news for Joel Kinnaman – Kovacs is in a different body in each of the books, so he could easily end up as the Sean Bean/Mark Addy of it, done and dusted before the giant fun contract renegotiations. He’s probably doing just fine – weep not for Joel Kinnaman – but yeah.

Altered Carbon is coming to Netflix in 2018, which makes sense, because that’s in the future, right?

September 05,2017

Aviron Pictures has bought North American distribution rights to Andrea Di Stefano’s thriller “Three Seconds,” starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common, and Ana de Armas.

The script, based on the Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, was written by Matt Cook with revisions by Rowan Joffé and Alex Garland, and current edits by Di Stefano.

Kinnaman plays a reformed criminal and former special ops soldier who, in order to free himself from jail, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers (played by Pike, Common, and Owen) to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York.

Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing alongside The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane and James Harris, and Ollie Madden. The Fyzz Facility is also financing the film. Thunder Road’s Jonathan Fuhrman and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning are the executive producers.

Aviron picked up “Three Seconds” in advance of the Toronto Film Festival. Acquisitions head Jason Resnick brokered the deal for Aviron Pictures. Bloom handled international sales.

August 30,2017
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Candids Gallery Three Seconds

The cast of Joel’s upcoming film “Three Seconds” were photographed filming in New York City’s Central Park on August 27! Ana de Armas and Rosamund Pike filmed seperately, while Joel filmed with Common. 11 high quality photos of Joel can be found in our gallery, and you can check out photos of Ana and Rosamund at our sister site ANA DE ARMAS NETWORK if desired.

Three Seconds “follows reformed-criminal and former special ops soldier Pete Hoffman who, in order to free himself from jail and return to his wife and daughter, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step towards freedom, Hoffman must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens his identity as a mole,” according to Deadline.

August 21,2016

As military man Rick Flag, Joel Kinnaman babysits some of DC Comics’ baddest villains as they band together for an unlikely world-saving mission in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. While the film’s blockbuster earnings and often-scathing reviews have inspired endless chatter, the 36-year-old actor is out to spread the word about another film he stars in that’s coming to theaters this Friday. Edge of Winter is a tense psychological thriller in which Kinnaman plays a divorced, increasingly unstable father whose hunting trip with his two sons — played by Tom Holland (aka, Marvel’s newest Spider-Man) and Percy Hynes-White — quickly goes off the rails. In anticipation of its debut, we chatted with Kinnaman about Suicide Squad’s negative reviews, what drew him to Edge of Winter, and how his big-screen roles tend to involve firearms.

What’s been your reaction to Suicide Squad‘s negative critical reception?
Of course, you want to get great reviews. But the existence of an actor is basically, 95% of the time, we’re being told that, no, that wasn’t quite right. You have to develop pretty thick skin, and make yourself not completely dependent on what other people think.

In a film like Suicide Squad, the main ambition is to entertain. It doesn’t have any political aspirations. It doesn’t really dig deep, other than to portray these characters honestly. So with that kind of ambition, it becomes even more important what the fans think. I was disappointed, and I thought it was unjust the way that we were reviewed in some of the magazines. But at the same time, I was really happy, and actually a bit blown away, by the fans’ response. I don’t remember ever seeing a bigger split between what the critics and the audience thought of a film. It was a pretty big difference.

Would you be up for a sequel?
For sure. We had so much fun making this film. We really became a little family. So if nothing else, I want to do another one just so I can hang out with all of my friends again. I definitely think that, if this film is successful, then they’re going to do another one.

Did you film Edge of Winter before or after Suicide Squad?
Before. I finished Edge of Winter eight days before my first shooting day on Suicide Squad. It was fortunate that they were both sort of in the same neck of the woods. I shot Edge of Winter in Sudbury, Canada, which is a 4- to 5-hour drive from Toronto. So on a couple of the weekends that I had on Edge, I went down to Toronto and did some stunt training and stuff like that.

I would have loved a little bit more time in between them, but you don’t get that luxury. I had five days between Suicide Squad and House of Cards after that, so it was a pretty hectic year.

How do you manage such a transition, especially between such varied projects?
You just flip that switch, and you focus on what’s ahead of you. Edge of Winter was such a short shoot. We shot it in 19 days, and probably with a smaller budget than the catering department had on Suicide Squad [laughs]. But at the same time, every day on a film like this, you’re doing something substantial. And this character was one of the most challenging I’ve ever done. That’s what drew me to the film, was the opportunity to try to portray and give an understanding to a man, and to a type of man — you know, it’s so hard to find a redeeming quality about a man that becomes a threat to the life of his own children. I’m drawn to a lot of different kinds of characters, but I felt that this was a really unique opportunity. A character like this, he can say a lot about our whole society. Because some people are wired in a certain way where they’re just not quite able to function in society if they don’t get a very special attention, or if they fall under certain circumstances.

I found that really intriguing — and not just to do a villain; to give an audience an understanding of what’s behind this kind of behavior. Because I think that understanding is the key. When we just rule somebody out as crazy, that’s when we can’t learn from our mistakes, and that’s when we can’t prevent [bad choices] from happening again. There are a lot of films made about revenge and these primal emotions, which I have a lot of understanding for. But it’s also really important to make films where somebody that has done something incomprehensible — you can at least see what kind of person he is, and where he came from. I think it makes us more whole, to get that kind of understanding. I think this was an opportunity to do that, but in a film that’s also a very exciting, heart-thumping psychological thriller.

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August 21,2016

In the taut wilderness thriller Edge of Winter, Joel Kinnaman plays an unemployed, single dad with seething personal issues and more than a bit of a mean streak. It’s another complex character in an increasingly long line of layered performances by Kinnaman, who always manages to bring humanity to his roles, no matter how flawed the characters may be.

After his breakout role in the Swedish crime thriller Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash), Kinnaman came to widespread attention for his portrayal of detective Holder in AMC’s The Killing. Now, like many actors these days, he seems comfortable sliding between Hollywood tentpoles like Robocop and Suicide Squad, independent productions like Edge of Winter and even television with roles on House of Cards and the streaming service’s upcoming cyberpunk show Altered Carbon.

Since Edge of Winter sees release tomorrow (Friday, August 12), ScreenAnarchy caught up with Kinnaman to discuss what drew him to the project.

Screen Anarchy: First of all, congratulations on EDGE OF WINTER and your superb performance. I’m wondering what appealed to you about the project?
Joel Kinnaman: It was this character that really drew me in. It felt like there was an opportunity here to play a very complex character, a very difficult character, in a film that could also be a very exciting and horiffying psychological thriller.

I saw an opportunity to give nuance and perhaps some kind of understanding to a father that becomes a threat to his children’s lives — which is about as low as you can go. I saw a big challenge to humanize him in some way and get an understanding of where that kind of incomprehensible behaviour could come from.

I get the sense that you’re drawn to these types of complicated characters that push you into really dark places. One of my favourites is Holder on THE KILLING and it seems to be a theme in your career. What is it about this specifically that appeals to you?
If we were honest with ourselves, none of us are perfect in any way. And that’s why I’m drawn to the flaws. I don’t think it’s particularly interesting to watch a perfect human behave in a perfect way. It’s much more interesting to see why it doesn’t work and how you can still love somebody who has been damaged.

I think that even though we often want to distance ourselves from flawed people — people who perhaps didn’t receive the help they needed through life — really, they’re a symbol of what we all carry.

Is it hard for you to leave that mental space shen you finish shooting at the end of the day? Or do you carry some of that with you? Is it inevitable?
Sometimes it lingers, especially when you’ve gone to some personal places. In playing these kinds of roles and in acting in general, I feel that what I do is, I don’t really let my wounds heal. Things in my life that I’ve actually overcome already, that I no longer feel insecrure or sad about, I try to leave those wounds a little bit open and it does leave me open to feeling a little more anxiety at times, but it’s an important tool that helps me connect with, particularly, these kinds of characters.

You worked with a couple of young actors in this movie, including Tom Holland. I wonder if you passed on any of this wisdom to your young co-stars.
We would talk a lot and they were both very impressive. They really blew me away in how easily they could access deep emotion. And they really came to play. A lot of time with younger actors they want to do the fun stuff, like the action or the running, but they really wanted to dig deep. There was a vibe on set between us where the underline was, “We are really all going for it here. We’re not playing around.” And they were so game for it. So we had a lot of conversations about the work.

I really loved playing with young actors. It’s one of the most rewarding things because they’re so much closer to their original source of our profession, of playing. Becasue it’s a version of playing like we did when we were kids. And most adults forget what that is. They don’t have that in them anymore. Whereas if you’re an actor that’s good, that’s what you do. And that’s your job. So when you get into with a couple of kids, or young actors that are really talented, they tap into that so quickly and it becomes really inspiring.

So you’re team DC, Tom Holland is team Marvel. Was there any animosity between the two of you?
Well I actually helped Tommy with his audition. He was actually auditioning for Spider-Man while we were shooting Edge of Winter.

So you’re responsible!
It’s my fault!

Hey, that’s a-okay by us! Back to EDGE OF WINTER, what was the hardest part of making it?
The most difficult aspect, but the thing that was also at the core of the film, was the elements. It was below minus 30 and we were only shooting nights out in the woods. So it was very cold. So it was that, but at the same time we were really going for it with this one.

It’s really obvious in the fim. You can almost taste how cold it was. It really comes through.
Oh yeah.

Before I let you go, is there anything you can tell us about your new [cyberpunk] project, ALTERED CARBON?
Well, I’m coming back to Canada! I’m hoping to get that citizenship because I spend more time there than I do in the US.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a project than Altered Carbon. It’s just something that’s never been done before. It’s a sci-fi show that has a hard R rating and at the same time has a very high budget. It’s going to be 10 hours, but it’s like five decent-sized films in terms of budget.

We’re really going to be able to tell the story how it’s supposed to be told. It’s a sci-fi noir, Blade Runner-ish story that is just really fascinating and will give us all a take on what 500 years in the future could be like where techology has changed what the perception of life is and what the human body is and what the meaning of life is. And we do this through a detective story.

The ambition is so high from Netflix and Skydance, everybody involved in this project is the best in the game so it’s really going to be really fucking cool.

SA: Thanks Joel, it was a pleasure speaking with you. We’ll be sure to look for you around town in Vancouver when you begin shooting.