Showtime resumes production on Halo show, brings in original Cortana

As with many film and TV productions in Hollywood during the COVID-19 pandemic, Showtime’s production of its Halo TV show had to shut down. Starring Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange is the New Black) as Master Chief, the show looks to follow the events from the first game with some narrative liberties to give Chief and the Universe a bit more emotional depth.

In a tweet from the show’s Twitter account, production on the show has resumed with an image of Schreiber wearing half of Master Chief’s helmet.

In addition to that announcement, IGN reports that Jen Taylor, the voice behind Cortana in every Halo game, plus Windows’ virtual assistant, will play the character in the show too. The role of Cortana was originally going to be portrayed by Natascha McElhone, who is also playing Dr. Catherine Halsey (Cortana’s creator) on the series. However, due to some scheduling conflicts, McElhone is unable to do the Cortana role but will continue as Dr. Halsey.

For those of you who never played a Halo game, Cortana is Master Chief’s AI assistant.

Other cast members include David Sapani and Olive Gray as Jacob and Miranda Keyes, Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky, and Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac and Kate Kennedy as three new Spartan characters, according to IGN.

The series will be nine episodes, however, we’re not sure when production will wrap or when the show will air.