‘Altered Carbon”s Joel Kinnaman has shifted over to Apple, which is entering the original programming game with a science fiction series created by Ronald D. Moore of ‘Outlander’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fame. Due to the nature of ‘Altered Carbon’– Kinnaman’s character Takeshi Kovacs’s psyche is transferred from body to body– the actor was only contracted for one season. (Anthony Mackie takes over for the second.) Kinnaman then moved over to Amazon’s ‘Hanna’ which was also a one-year commitment, allowing him to sign on for the Apple project which currently doesn’t have a name.
Also signing on are Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones. Like Kinnaman, Dorman is juggling series. He starred on the Amazon spy comedy/drama ‘Patriot’. A second season was ordered early last year but has not yet been made available and Amazon wants to wait to see how the second season fares before committing to a third. Due to the long lag, Dorman was able to sign on to Moore’s series, with the provision that if Amazon does want more ‘Patriot’, they will have to work around his schedule.
Dorman is Australian and as such has mainly appeared on Australian TV and films. He did, however, have a role in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’.
Sarah Jones’ most recent series, USA’s ‘Damnation’ was axed after one season. Earlier this year, she starred in the pilot for CBS’ ‘L.A. Confidential’, which was excellently received but was determined not to be a good fit for CBS. Efforts to shift it to CBS All Access failed. Interestingly, Jones had previously starred in ‘Vegas’ another lush period crime drama from CBS, which despite strong critical reception, failed in the ratings and was cancelled after one season. She has also starred on ‘The Path’, ‘Texas Rising’, ‘Kendra’, ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Big Love’.
On the new Apple series, Dorman and Jones portray married NASA couple Gordo and Tracy Stevens.
No other information about the series was given, but check back for updates as they surface.