The Halo series, which began with 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved, follows the continuous battle between spacefaring humanity in the 26th century and an alien theocracy known as the Covenant. In the first game, Master Chief John-117, a genetically modified Spartan super-soldier clad in sophisticated armor, battles the Covenant for possession of a Halo – a ring-shaped space station/superweapon constructed by an ancient and extinct species whom the Covenant worships as gods. When it was published as a launch title for the original Xbox, the game altered the view of first-person shooters on home consoles and delivered Microsoft its first big win in that market.
There have been six sequels so far, with the most recent, Halo Infinite, launching in December 2021, and a surprising amount of spin-offs. New characters surfaced to oppose the stoic Master Chief, and the spin-offs expanded the Halo world by having more story-driven first-person shooters or transitioning to new game systems such as Real-Time Strategy. Books, comics, and animated shows expanded the universe and history of the franchise.
What is the “Halo” series about?
The television show would try to “weave deeply drawn personal stories” with action and adventure set in that “richly imagined vision of the future.” Master Chief, played by American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber, will serve as the anchor for those storylines (pictured). Fans eventually saw Schreiber as Master Chief in a brief trailer for the series on November 15, 2021. The preview was part of a celebration of XBox’s 20th anniversary, which Microsoft also used to recommit to Halo as a media brand.
A comprehensive trailer broadcast during the AFC Championship game in January 2022 provided more looks into the TV Halo universe, including Covenant warriors brandishing energy swords, a few odd deviations from existing canon, and Master Chief performing perfection.
Because Schreiber grew up without television or video games, Halo was a “new trip” for him. “The possibility to portray a figure like this – one of the most heroic heroes of all time – the chance to explore these themes in what’s extremely exciting for me,” he explained. “The breadth of mythology is astounding.” Aside from eventually sitting down to play the games, he noted the spin-off novels as an excellent way to immerse himself in the environment and feel comfortable suiting up.
Whether he wears the armor throughout the series, the January trailer established Master Chief as a Spartan with an exceptional level of individualism. A problem that he and his superiors will undoubtedly have to deal with throughout the season.
Is there a trailer for “Halo”?
Yes, there is, A trailer video for the series aired during the 2021 Game Awards (above) shows that Levine maintained his word, as it shows the first views of numerous characters (more on them below) while still keeping Master Chief in his armor. It also included initial glimpses at Halo locales such as Halo 2’s High Charity – or a new building that looks extremely similar to it – and The Rubble. The second 2022 teaser also confirmed what fans have long suspected: the series will take place in its own continuity, in which other Spartans besides Master Chief fight in the battle, and the Halo is discovered as a result of his activities.
Production began in Budapest in the fall of 2019, but a protracted delay was caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. It started production in late 2020 and, as verified by the November 2021 teaser, is currently scheduled to premiere on March 24, 2022.
The showrunners have revealed who will appear in the Halo TV series. Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is played by Pablo Schreiber, Cortana is played by Jen Taylor, and Maker is played by Charlie Murphy. Shabana Azmi will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Natascha McElhone will play Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey, Olive Gray will play Miranda Keyes, Danny Sapani will play Captain Jacob Keyes, Bokeem Woodbine will play Soren-066, Bentley Kalu will play Vannak-134, Yerin Ha will play Kwan Ha Boo, Natasha Culzac will play Riz-028, and Kate Kennedy will play Kai-125.
Full cast of the “Halo”
Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Yerin Ha, Bokeem Woodbine, Jen Taylor, Shabana Azmi, Olive Gray, Charlie Murphy, Kate Kennedy, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gorman, Casper Knopf, Julian Bleach, Sarah Ridgeway, Tylan Bailey, Karl Johnson, Hilton McRae, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Duncan Pow, Anna Trokan, Gabor Nagypal, Claudius Peters, Francisco Labbe, Miranda Wilson, Hans Peterson, Jamie Beamish, David Csanyi, Johnny K. Palmer, Ian Pirie, Sky Yang, Johann Myers, Angie Cepeda, Yuna Shin, Ali Khan, Ivan Fenyo, Nila Aalia, Samuel Tamunotoku Gbobo, Danielle Fiamanya, Caroline Boulton, Mirjam Novak, Jeong-hwan Kong, Karen Gagnon, Olivia Liu, Hayley Canham, Zachary Hing, Felipe Gabriel Mariano, Nneka Okoye, Chan Woo Lim, Aron Arany-Toth, Balazs Csemy, Jennifer Li, Keir Dullea, Daniel Hawksford, Lorena Santana Somogyi, Jeremy Wheeler, Karl Akortia, Amirreza Farajvand, Miklos Berez, Fernanda Rachi Silva, Hisham Omer Abdelrahman Aburas, Owen Good, Celine Nwokeji, Iringo Reti, Matt Devere, Lilien Fanni Namenyi, Zsofia Miklos, Khash-Erdene Ganbold, Sebastian Capitan Viveros, Scott Karim, Robert Jackson, Zazie Hayhurst, Adam Boncz, Natalia Toth, Kevin Ezekiel Ogunleye, Tsogbaatar Batzorig, Isaura Barbe-Brown, Gustavo Chiang, DavidZ. Miller, Oladapu Oluwatosin Okunlola, Jessica Fostekew, Martin Fisher, Jaram Lee, Josette Simon, Patrik Zana, Quynh Do Ngoc, Balazs Bolkeny, Peter Jankovics, Nora Trokan, Mate Bede-Fazekas, Gabrielle Glaister, Roderick Hill, Benjamin Lavoie, Barnabas Reti, Esh Alladi, Joshua Jo, Shaun Aylward, Logan Shearer, J Sebastian Lee, Jude Cudjoe, Petra Veres-Kovacs, Kembe Sorel, Zsuzsanna Roe, Narmina Rahimova, Jeannine Szovik and Billy Marlow
Directors of the “Halo”
Otto Bathurst, Jonathan Liebesman, Roel Reine and Jessica Lowrey
Producers of the “Halo”
Otto Bathurst, Robert Bernacchi, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Sheila Hockin, Steven Kane, Charlotte Keating, Kyle Killen, Toby Leslie, Frank O’Connor, Scott Pennington, Karen Richards, Bonnie Ross, Steven Spielberg, Gian Paolo Varani and Kiki Wolfkill
As more ambitious ideas for a streaming service emerged, David Nevins, the Chief Creative Officer of CBS as well as the Chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks, pondered shifting the Halo program from Showtime to Paramount+. Following discussions with ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish and the show’s creators, it was determined that Halo would be a good match for the platform due to the need for a more comprehensive selection of material than what is presently offered in the company’s CBS All Access service. Although Star Trek is presently the company’s main property, Nevins indicated in a Deadline story that he and the ViacomCBS team were “on the lookout for trademark programming” and “defining series.”