When it comes to TV and film projects based on video games, few have had as long of a gestation period as that of a live-action adaptation of Halo. The immensely-popular shooter series has gone from a potential film adaptation to the upcoming TV series adaptation that is headed to Showtime, with some of the show’s principal cast members having now been revealed.
Showtime has officially announced several new cast members that will be joining its Halo TV series, with Natascha McElhone (Californication, The First) to play two roles, as Dr. Catherine Halsey and as Cortanta, Master Chief’s ally and personal AI.
In addition to McElhone’s casting, Showtime also detailed that Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will join the cast as Soren-066, who is “a privateer at the fringes of human civilization” that will come into a conflict with Master Chief during the series.
Other additional cast members announced for the series include Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy. Azmi will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky, who is the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence in the series. Meanwhile, Kalu, Culzac, and Kennedy will all be joining as brand new characters to the Halo series, with each of them playing new Spartan soldiers that will likely aid Master Chief.
According to Variety, the Halo TV series will begin production this fall in Budapest, with the show scheduled to begin airing “in the first quarter of 2021.” So far, it’s been known that the first season of the series will consist of 9 episodes, cutting one episode after the originally-planned 10-episode season that was ordered by Showtime.
Halo will air on Showtime in early 2021.