A first-look trailer has arrived for Halo, a live-action series adaptation of the iconic sci-fi video game franchise of the same name.
The Paramount+ series takes place in the 26th century and follows the epic war between humanity’s United Nations Space Command (UNSC) and the alien threat known as the Covenant. As Paramount describes it, “the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future”.
Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, Den of Thieves, Orange is the New Black) leads the cast, playing the franchise’s lead protagonist, supersoldier Master Chief Petty Officer John-117. Natascha McElhone stars as UNSC scientist and creator of the Spartan-II Project, Dr. Catherine Halsey; Yerin Ha is Kwan Ha; Charlie Murphy is Makee; Shabana Azmi is Admiral Margaret Parangosky; and Bokeem Woodbine is Soren-066. Halo fans will also recognise Jen Taylor, reprising her video game franchise role as the voice of artificial intelligence Cortana. Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, and Danny Sapani also star.
The series was developed by Kyle Killen (Awake) and Steven Kane (The Last Ship, The Closer), who exec produce with a sizeable EP team that includes Amblin Television’s Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey; One Big Picture’s Otto Bathurst (the Peaky Blinders and Robin Hood (2018) helmer also directs two eps) and Toby Leslie; Chapter Eleven’s Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington; and 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross.
Episodes are also directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battle: Los Angeles), Roel Reiné (Wu Assassins, Black Sails), and Jessica Lowrey (Doom Patrol, Heels).
It’s been a longtime coming for the Halo series. Development began back in 2015 and things finally got moving in 2018, when it was set up as a Showtime series. It moved to Paramount+ earlier this year.
Fingers crossed the game franchise’s many, many, many fans have a strong adaptation here; hopefully it’s one for newcomers, too. If all goes well, Paramount+ could have itself quite the epic series to attract subscribers as it strives to compete in the increasingly crowded streaming market. We’ll find out when Halo hits Paramount+ sometime in early 2022.