After years and years of talking about a live action Halo TV series, it seems that we have finally gotten closer to it becoming a reality. Showtime’s Halo television series has secured Natascha McElhone to play the advanced AI, Cortana. Show-runners also revealed other characters that will be making appearances in the show.
McElhone is most popularly known for her roles in Californication and Designated Survivor and will not only play Cortana but another character too. She is also set to play Dr. Catherine Halsey who is the creator of the Spartan super soldiers. Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will be playing a character called Soren-066; a private soldier who comes into conflict with the Spartans and Master Chief. Finally, Indian actress Shabana Azmi will be playing Admiral Margaret Parangosky who’s the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence.
Showtime also announced that there will be three all-new characters appearing in the show. There’s a cybernetically augmented super solider Spartan called Vannak-134 who is Master Chief’s deputy and will be played by Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac will be playing the Spartan Riz-028 (an enhanced professional assassin) and Kate Kennedy will be playing super soldier Spartan Kai-125. It was already announced in April that Pablo Schreiber will be playing Master Chief.
This is big news as the TV show has been in production hell for quite a while. The plot is still shrouded in mystery but we do know that the TV show will tell an original story. The Halo TV series is set to premiere in the first quarter in 2021, with filming expected to start sometime later this year. The first season is set to have at least 10 episodes.
It’s good to know that the Halo TV series finally seems to be getting under way. If this show is successful, it could open the door to many other Microsoft properties, such as the rumored Gears of War movie.
Are you excited about the Halo TV show?