The Netflix drama follows a twenty-second century soldier, Takeshi Kovacs, whose consciousness is resurrected by being implanted in a new body (called a “sleeve”) in the twenty-fourth century. In Season Two Anthony Mackie (who plays Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) takes over the lead role, played by Joel Kinnaman in the first season.
There is no word on just how big Shanks’ part in the series will be. And no release date for the new season has been announced yet. But with filming reportedly starting in February of this year, a premiere sometime in early 2020 seems likely. Also starring are Simone Missick, Dina Shihabi, Torben Liebrecht, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Saito, and Chis Conner.
Shanks revealed his upcoming projects yesterday in an interview with Fandom Spotlite, at Shore Leave 41 in Baltimore.
The actor also revealed that he will appear in Virgin River, a romantic drama also in development for Netflix. It follows Melinda Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge, The Walking Dead), who responds to an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in a small California town in order to start fresh and leave her painful memories behind.
The series is based on the best-selling novels by Robyn Carr. Virgin River‘s 20 books have sold more than 13 million copies.
Lexa Doig (Stargate’s Dr. Carolyn Lam, and Shanks’ real-world wife) will also appear in the project. Principal photography in Vancouver, British Columbia wrapped in March.
Fandom Spotlite also talked with Lexa at Shore Leave. She talks about her work in the Canadian film and television industry, her geekdom, and her forthcoming projects — including a second season of Virgin River, plus Hallmark’s Aurora Teagarden Mysteries. She also teased a genre-related project she is in, but can’t talk about yet.
Watch both interviews below!