Showtime’s ‘Halo’ Series Adds Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine & More to Cast, Will Premiere in Q1 2021

Aug 2, 2019

Showtime’s long-gestating ‘Halo’ television series now has six new cast members onboard, as announced at the TCAs. So, let’s check them out!

The new actors and their roles are below:

  • Shabana Azmi (’24: India,’ ‘Next of Kin’)
    • Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence.
  • Natasha Culzac (‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘The Witcher’)
    • Spartan Riz-028, a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine.
  • Bentley Kalu (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ ‘Stan & Ollie’)
    • Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier conscripted at childhood who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief.
  • Kate Kennedy (‘Catastrophe,’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’)
    • Spartan Kai-125, an all-new courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier.
  • Natascha McElhone (‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Californication’)
    • Dr. Catherine Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers.
    • Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.
  • Bokeem Woodbine (‘Fargo,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’)
    • 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.
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They join Pablo Schreiber (‘American Gods,’ ‘First Man’) and Australian newcomer Yerin Ha. Schreiber will portray Master Chief, while Ha will play Quan Ah, a new character in the Halo universe. She is a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies, who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.

The premise of the series is below:

“Taking place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. ‘Halo’ will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

Moreover, Otto Bathurst (‘Black Mirror: The National Anthem,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’) will direct multiple episodes and executive produce the video game adaptation.

Kyle Killen (‘Awake,’ ‘Mind Games’) and Steven Kane (‘The Closer,’ ‘The Last Ship’) serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. Additionally, ‘Into the Badlands’ costume designer Giovanni Lipari may be part of the crew.

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Further, the series will begin filming this fall in Budapest. The season will be nine episodes, one less than the original order of ten.

Lastly, ‘Halo’ will premiere in the first quarter of 2021. Thus, we can expect the show at some point between January and April 2021.


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