Halo Filming Begins: The Upcoming Showtime Series

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The new additions to the Showtime Halo series will join Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Natasha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey/Cortana (btw, Halsey is Miranda Keyes' mom) and Bokeem Woodbine as a morally ambiguous Spartan soldier named Soren-066. While the producers have yet to announce any significant details regarding the overall plot of "Halo", except that it takes place during the Human-Covenant War, the casting - some of the characters have been dead for a while in the games - suggests it will be set well before the events of the original 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved.

Halo the series will begin production soon in Budapest and is set to premiere in the first quarter of 2021. British actress Culzac will star in the role of Spartan Riz-028 - a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine. Yerin Ha was previously announced playing the new character Kwan Ha, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.

David Sapani (Penny Dreadful) will play Captain Jacob Keyes, a decorated and highly intelligent member of the United Nations Space Command. He finds that working alongside his daughter and his ex-wife is usually the cause of conflict rather than comfort.

Charlie Murphy will play Makee, an orphaned human raised by the Covenant, sharing their disdain for humanity.

The TV series will be produced by Showtime, obviously based on the homonymous shooter series from Microsoft. (To this day, most action games still feature Halo-style regenerating health.) Halo is still a tentpole franchise for Xbox consoles, and the various games in the series have sold over 77 million copies worldwide. Rupert Wyatt will direct multiple episodes of the series, and he will executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank.

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