The nine-episode series follows Pablo Schrieber as Master Chief, the lead protagonist in several of the Halo video games, who is a green helmeted super-soldier known as a Spartan. Natascha McElhone will play Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartans soldiers, and Jen Taylor will voice Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history who is potentially the key to the survival of the human race.
Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray and Charlie Murphy round out the cast.
While a live-action adaptation of Halo has been in the works for years, production had originally begun in late 2019 before it was forced to shutdown due to the pandemic. It was then announced the show would move from Showtime to Paramount Plus in February 2021.
Premiering in 2022, Master Chief actor Pablo Schreiber shared with EW the upcoming drama is a “classic hero’s journey” that will “crack the veneer” of the character.
“It takes place very much in the universe that the video games created, but it’s a TV show,” said Schreiber. “We get to expand that universe and create stories in it. There’s going to be some new characters that are introduced, there’s going to be a lot of familiar characters that everyone will know from the game.”
In the series adaptation, 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.
The Halo series is being produced by Showtime with 343 Industries, the video game developer behind the sci-fi shooter franchise. Amblin Television will also produce, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey as executive producers. Bathurst and Toby Leslie will executive produce for One Big Picture, in addition to Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven. Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers on behalf of 343 Industries.