Halo TV Series Casts Its Master Chief

Halo TV Series Casts Its Master Chief

An 'American Gods' and 'Orange is the New Black' star will be Master Chief for Showtime.

Showtime has a lead actor to play the role of Master Chief in its upcoming live-action Halo TV series. Pablo Schreiber of American Gods and Orange is the New Black fame will take on the iconic green armor of Master Chief for Showtime.

Schreiber will star as the Spartan Master Chief for what sounds like an original story set in the Halo universe. According to the casting news, Showtime has hired Australian actor Yerin Ha who will co-star with Schreiber in a pivotal role as a "shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both."

Showtime says the overall plot will follow the story laid out in the games, focusing on a war between humans and the Covenant over a set of galactic weapons of mass destructions called Halos. After a series of false starts and delays, Showtime's Halo show will begin production this fall in Budapest, Hungary.

A Halo live-action series was first announced in 2014 with Steven Spielberg involved in some capacity. Since then, however, the series has lost its original director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). He was replaced by Otto Bathurst, who has directed episodes of Peaky Blinders. 343 Industries is working with Spielberg's Amblin Television on the live-action Halo series as well.

The Halo live-action series is yet another video game adaptation coming to the small screen. Netflix recently announced that its Witcher live-action series starring Justice League's Henry Cavill as Geralt will premiere on the streaming service this fall.

On the video game front, 343 Industries is currently developing Halo Infinite, the sixth mainline Halo game in the series. Check out our interview with 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross on the upcoming Halo game.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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