Pablo Schreiber (“American Gods”) had recently been set to star as Master Chief in Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” TV series, an adaptation of the video game franchise, and Deadline brings more casting news to the table this week. Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) and Emmy nominee Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo”) have landed lead roles alongside Schreiber.
Shabana Azmi (Fire), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Natasha Culzac (“The Witcher”), Kate Kennedy (“Catastrophe”) and Yerin Ha (Reef Break) have also joined the cast.
Deadline breaks down the character details:
McElhone will star as two characters — Dr. Catherine Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers and Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.
Woodbine will play Soren-066, a morally complex privateer at the fringes of human civilization whose fate will bring him into conflict with his former military masters and his old friend, the Master Chief.
The project, produced by 343 Industries and Amblin Television, is said to be Showtime’s “most ambitious series ever,” promised to “enthrall fans while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”
Otto Bathurst is on board to direct. Kyle Killen and Steven Kane are showrunners.