The Halo TV series, which has been kicking around since 2013 has been given a new trailer at The Game Awards 2021. The series will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in 2022.
It’s a slick looking production, and Halo fans will spot plenty of things from the video games. Obviously they seem to be remixing a lot of the ideas from the video games and the wider universe that has been built around them, so there’s glimpses of Catherine Halsey, High Charity and more that weren’t introduced until later games.
Back in April 2019 Showtime confirmed that Pablo Schreiber, known for shows like Orange is the New Black and American Gods, would be donning the famous Spartan helmet and taking on the role of Master Chief in the Halo TV series. Showtime also confirmed the rest of the main cast for the show with Natascha McElhone, known from Designated Survivor, The Truman Show, and Californication taking on the role of Cortana.
However, she won’t just be voicing Cortana. Natascha McElhone has also been cast as the creator of the Spartan program Dr Catherine Halsey. Bokeem Woodbine, who was fantastic in the second season of Fargo the TV series, will be taking on the role of Soren-066, a privateer who will clash with Chief though they were friends previously. Shabana Azmi, who was recently in The Good Karma Hospital, will take on the role of Admiral Margaret Parangosky. The TV show will also add new characters that have not been a part of the Halo universe before.
These characters are Vannak-134, played by Bentley Kalu who has appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron and voiced lines in The Division as well as Star Wars Battlefront II. Vannak-134 will essentially be Chief’s second in command. Two other Spartans will be joining Chief and these are Spartan Riz-028, who is played by Natasha Culzac. The final Spartan is Spartan Kai-125, with that role going to Kate Kennedy who has a lot of video game roles in her list including Mass Effect: Andromeda, Anthem, Battlefield V, and Divinity: Original Sin II.