Paramount finally put an end to years of development hell when they dropped the above trailer for the long-gestating Halo TV series at this year’s Game Awards ceremony.
People have been trying to bring the Master Chief to live-action for years. Steven Spielberg was attached as a producer as far back as 2013, and originally, Showtime was going to air the series. But earlier this year, Halo moved to Paramount, which will stream it on the Paramount+ streaming service. (Sigh… yet another subscription.)
Starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) as the Master Chief and Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, Designated Survivor) as Dr. Catherine Halsey, the Halo series is set in the 26th century. Humanity is at war with the Covenant, an alien theocracy intent on wiping out the human race. The above teaser is light on exact story details, but does show off the series’ ambitious scale (High Charity!), and seems to suggest that the series will take place during the war’s early days.
On a nerdy note, Jen Taylor will reprise her role as the voice of Cortana, the Master Chief’s AI companion. (Cortana herself will, presumably, be CGI.) No word yet, however, on whether Steve Downes will voice the Master Chief or not, though one hopes so: his gravelly tones are as iconic as the Chief’s MJOLNIR armor.
Paramount+ will begin streaming Halo some time in 2022.