— Kiki Wolfkill 🍜 (@k_wolfkill) November 8, 2019
Production of Showtime’s Halo TV series is about to commence.
“The cast is assembled. The table reads are complete. Production on the @Showtime Halo series is about to begin!” the show’s Twitter account posted.
Kiki Wolfkill, studio head of Halo transmedia and entertainment at 343 Industries, also tweeted: “What a week it has been and what an amazing and talented cast! So thrilled to have you all with us on this ride.”
Emmy and Tony nominee Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black, First Man) plays the show’s lead.
“Schreiber will play Master Chief, Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity,” Showtime said in April.
The series will also star Yerin Ha as 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”.
The series is shooting in Budapest, Hungary and is scheduled to air in the first quarter of 2021, according to Variety.
Showtime also announced the casting of six actors as series regulars in August.
Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show) will star as two characters – Dr. Catherine Halsey, creator of the Spartan soldiers, and Cortana, “the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race”.
Emmy nominee Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) 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”.
And Shabana Azmi (Fire) has been cast as Office of Naval Intelligence boss, Admiral Margaret Parangosky.