The idea of live-action Halo seems like it has been around as long as the video game has. Over the years there have been twists and turns in its story with the latest being hopefully the last.
The 2018 announced Showtime Original Halo TV series is still in production at Showtime. But those 10 episodes won’t be coming to Showtime.
Today it was announced that Halo will be jumping over to the new Paramount+ streaming platform, owned by the same ViacomCBS parent company as Showtime.
With the move news comes a new official synopsis but not a single public glimpse of what this world might look like.
“Halo’s epic universe and cast of characters comes to life in this new original drama series…. Halo will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
We also got a breakdown of the cast and characters they’ll be portraying. Let’s just say Master Chief will have some competition and newly created characters will be intertwined with familiar names from the game.
- Pablo Schreiber (American Gods) – Master Chief Spartan John-117
- Natascha McElhone (Californication) – Dr. Catherine Halsey (the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers) and Cortana (the most advanced AI in human history)
- Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) – Soren-066, a morally complex privateer at the fringes of human civilization
- Shabana Azmi (24: India) – Admiral Margaret Parangosky
New characters include:
- Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron) – Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief
- Natasha Culzac (Cursed) – Spartan Riz-028, a cybernetically enhanced killing machine
- Kate Kennedy (BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) – Spartan Kai-125, a courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier
- Yerin Ha – Kwan Ha, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both
The current target Halo TV series premiere date is sometime in the first quarter of 2022.