The moment Halo fans have been anticipated for two decades has come, and it is finally upon us. On Thursday, the streaming service, Paramount+ has finally released the full trailer of the upcoming live-action Halo TV series. Halo The Series trailer made its formal debut during the eighth annual Game Awards Livestream.
Of course, we have to admit that we’re almost surprised to see Halo The Series come to fruition after it spent about a decade in development hell.
Loaded with nostalgic references and some extremely live-action of the Master Chief (energy sword, plasma pistol, etc.), the new Halo The Series is firing on all fronts. The trailer depicts everything we have come to love from the hit franchise, rife with explosions, aliens, and technology. It shows the Master Chief, who is bare-backed with the wounds of previous conflicts, as he slowly slips into the legendary costume before being greeted by the AI Cortana, who says, “Hello, Master Chief.”
Halo The Series game is one of Microsoft’s most popular stories and a live-action adaptation of the blockbuster gaming franchise. While it holds a special place in the hearts of Xbox players, seeing it play out on the small screen is a hit-or-miss situation.
The Halo series
For an incredibly long time, the people behind Halo the Series have been working to create a proper adaptation of the beloved best-selling video game franchise of the same name. Halo follows the mean, green Master Chief as he takes on an impressively animated group of extra-terrestrials.
Halo The series will deeply blend detailed personal stories with action, adventure, and a brilliantly conceived vision of the future to dramatize an epic 26th-century war between humanity and an alien threat called “the Covenant.”
Behind the Master Chief is actor Pablo Schreiber, who brings the live-action video game character to life in the series. The actor had previously featured in American gods and as one of the well-known prison guards in Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black.” Fans familiar with Halo The Series will notice that Master Chief’s armor looks very similar to what they would expect.
Similarly, the footage provided in Halo The Series trailer also gives us a pretty good look at the iconic AI construct modeled after Dr. Halsey’s cerebral network who accompanies Master Chief. For the uninitiated, Cortana is entrusted to the care of Master Chief, given how her crucial knowledge makes her a high-value target for the Covenant.
Halo The Series Cast
The previous live-action adaptations, such as “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, “Halo: Landfall,” and “Halo: Nightfall,” had performed solidly but failed to live up to the lofty expectations of fans. Thankfully, Paramount+ has called in a few bigshots to ensure the success of the new Halo The Series.
Unveiling the fresh Halo The Series Cast has sparked a lot of excitement. The cast has some fantastic talents working their on-screen magic, with Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, and Jen Taylor playing the key roles. Pablo Schreiber, the former “The Wire” star, played the role of the Master Chief Petty Officer, Spartan-117, the faceless, most advanced protagonist raised for combat since childhood and charged with commanding a Spartan unity.
Pablo Schreiber’s new role as Master Chief will be one of his most important yet, and he isn’t taking it lightly. He had to gain weight, especially by becoming more muscular to play the role. “I have to work out both before and after filming each day,” said Pablo, as he recounted his filming experience.
While it’s difficult to predict how the Canadian actor will portray the character, we know that he won’t be the only one to bring back memories. “It’s a huge task, from creating the tone on set to the hard part of waking up at the crack of dawn to work out, then going to film, and going home to work out some more,” he stated of his obligations as a lead actor on the Halo series. “It isn’t easy in any way, and I don’t want it to be.”
Natascha McElhone will be playing the role of Dr. Catherine Halsey, the “brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super-soldiers,”; and Jen Taylor, the voice of the original Cortana, will reprise her role. She is the most advanced AI in human history and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.”
Outside the key roles, Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Olive Gray as Miranda Keyes, Charlie Murphy as Makee, Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha, Natasha Culzac as the Witcher, Shabana Azmi as Director of ONI Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Kate Kennedy, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Danny Sapani, and plenty others will make an appearance.
Halo The Series Executive Producer
After the previous live-action adaptations, Steven Spielberg of the now-defunct Xbox Entertainment Studios back in 2013 was dropped as the executive producer. Presently, Halo The Series is produced by Showtime, alongside Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake, Mind Games) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Since this appears to be the most ambitious task thus far, having the perfect team on board to steer the ship might make all the difference.
Number of episodes and the Release date
The TV show is said to span nine (9) episodes when it’s released and will launch on Paramount Plus in the US. All things being equal, Paramount+ has scheduled March 24, 2022, as the release date. However, it’s still unclear when and where the people from the other parts of the world will be able to see it, but we’re hoping to learn more later this week. Whatever the case, we’re keen to see precisely what Halo has to offer when it drops.