Last night, following its premiere at SXSW, Paramount+ released a new trailer for the upcoming Halo series.
The trailer gives us a new look at the show that will debut on Paramount’s streaming platform later this month, with emphasis on some of the special effects and several shots of Master Chief as a child.
While it was somewhat expected, this footage confirms that the show will indeed be giving us flashbacks of John’s childhood as he trained in the Spartan program. The trailer then ends with a fantastic shot of the hero and his crew skydiving toward an unknown planet, and it is easily our favorite shot thus far.
Check it out below:
Along with the trailer, Paramount+ gave us the following official description:
“Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Nobody can save humanity alone-not even the Master Chief. Meet the heroes who will risk losing everything to come together and protect humankind from the universe’s greatest threat in this stunning new trailer for the Paramount+ Original Series, Halo. Stream the premiere of Halo on Thursday, Mar. 24, exclusively on Paramount+.”
THE LONG ROAD TO HALO
This show comes to us at the end of a long and complicated road, with nearly a decade of failed attempts at adapting the first-person shooter franchise. At one point, Halo was going to be a movie directed by District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, but it never quite got off the ground. Then came the low budget spin-offs Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall, which were greeted with mixed reviews from the fandom. Gamers were excited to see the world brought to life in live-action, but they wanted more.
We then fast-forward to E3 2013, where acclaimed director Steven Spielberg himself announced that he was serving as executive producer for a live-action Halo television series that was then set to air on Showtime. Unfortunately, that got put on hold as well. But finally, eight years later, here we are.
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
In addition to Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the series will feature actors Natascha Mcelhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, and Charlie Murphy. What we know so far is that Natascha McElhone will be playing Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartan soldiers that gamers were introduced to in Halo: Reach.
Bokeem Woodbine (which nerd fans will recognize from Spider-Man: Homecoming) will play a character named Soren-066, described as 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.” Soren is a deep cut character from the extended Halo canon, and has only appeared in a brief stint from the short story “Pariah” as part of Halo: Evolutions. His inclusion hints at a deep respect of the previously established lore.
Actors Natasha Culzac (The Witcher), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe) will all be playing original Spartan characters, as detailed in the original Showtime series announcement:
“The series will also introduce three all-new characters to the Halo universe. British actor Kalu will play Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier conscripted at childhood who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief. British actress Culzac will star in the role of Spartan Riz-028 – a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine. Kennedy stars as Spartan Kai-125, an all-new courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier. 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.”
Halo premieres exclusively on Paramount+ , March 24th, 2022.Are you excited for the new series? Let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter!
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