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The official announcement will be made during ViacomCBS’ Wednesday press conference event showcasing upcoming titles on Paramount Plus, the fledgling streaming service. The series will debut on Paramount Plus in the first quarter of 2022.
Pablo Schrieber will star as Master Chief, the lead protagonist in several of the “Halo” video games who is a helmeted super-soldier known as a Spartan. Natascha McElhone will play two characters: Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartans soldiers, and Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history who is potentially the key to the survival of the human race.
Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray and Charlie Murphy round out the cast.
The “Halo” TV series was officially picked up in 2018 as a 10-episode series at Showtime after it had been in development for several years. Kyle Killen and Rupert Wyatt were attached as showrunner and director, respectively, but in 2019 Wyatt exited the project and Otto Bathurst took over as director. Steven Kane also came on as co-showrunner in 2019.
The “Halo” series is being produced by Showtime with 343 Industries, the video game developer behind the sci-fi shooter franchise. Amblin Television will also produce, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey as executive producers. Bathurst and Toby Leslie will executive produce for One Big Picture, in addition to Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven. Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers on behalf of 343 Industries.
Deadline first reported the news.
Variety's Jordan Moreau contributed to this post.