Halo TV Series Gets Its Cortana and Sets a Release Window

Halo TV Series Gets Its Cortana and Sets a Release Window

We may yet see Halo on premium cable.

Showtime's Halo television series is still chugging along, and now it seems like a release date might finally be in sight. The premium cable company announced today that Halo is set for a Q1 2021 release, and it also cast a few more faces to play some key characters.

Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show, Designated Survivor) will play a dual-role as both Dr. Catherine Halsey, who created the Spartan project that eventually spawned Master Chief, and as Cortana, the ultra-advanced artificial intelligence who eventually pairs up with Master Chief.

In addition to McElhone, Showtime has also cast a few more roles. Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) will play a privateer named Soren-066, and Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky. Meanwhile, three never-before-seen Spartans will be played by Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy. Kalu's Spartan, named Vannak-134, has an especially interesting role as the defacto deputy to Master Chief himself.

Showtime's Halo project hit a bump on the road when it lost its director, but now seems back on track for the first quarter of 2021. Alongside Cortana, the series has its Master Chief in Pablo Schreiber (American Gods), who won't necessarily be the main character of this take on the series. It'll be interesting to see how this fits in the overall canon, incorporating both original and established characters.

Halo, meanwhile, is full-steam ahead towards Infinite. In fact, fans have already uncovered new audio files pointing towards Cortana appearing again in Infinite, thanks to a QR code hidden in the E3 2019 trailer. I doubt the Halo TV show will have anything hidden like that, but you never know.

Thanks, Variety.

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Eric Van Allen

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