Showtime’s Halo collection is gaining a well-recognized face: Jen Taylor, who performed Cortana within the online game collection. In keeping with IGN, she’ll reprise her position as the unreal intelligence, taking up from Natascha McElhone, who was initially forged for the position.
The rationale for the swap, says IGN, is logistics: McElhone wasn’t capable of end her work on the collection as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and the issues that has induced for the filming trade. Taylor is a welcome addition—her portrayal of the character is an iconic one for the franchise.
The present entered production a 12 months go, and options Pablo Schreiber (American Gods) as Grasp Chief, the armored tremendous soldier on the coronary heart of the franchise. The collection can even characteristic Danny Sapani (Black Panther, Star Wars: The Final Jedi) as Captain Jacob Keyes, Olive Grey (House from House) as Dr. Miranda Keyse, Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders) as Makee, Yerin Ha (Reef Break) as Quan Ah, Natasha Culzac (The Witcher) as Riz-028, Bently Kalu (Fringe of Tomorrow) as Vannak-134, Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-man: Homecoming) as Soren-066. McElhone was initially set to play each Cortana and Dr. Catherine Halsey, and it’s not clear if she’ll proceed as Halsey—IGN says that Taylor isn’t meant to take over for her in that position.
The collection has been within the works for a very long time. Neill Blomkamp (who went on to direct District 9) helmed a few brief movies together with Halo 3, and was set to direct a characteristic movie based mostly on the franchise, however that later fell by way of. Microsoft put collectively an internet collection known as Ahead Unto Daybreak, in addition to a Halo 5-related, five-episode collection known as Halo: Dusk.
This new collection is being produced by Steven Spielberg, whereas Kyle Killen (Awake) serves as showrunner. The collection is being directed by Black Mirror‘s Otto Bathurst. After this summer time’s manufacturing shutdown as a result of pandemic, the collection just lately introduced that it was again in manufacturing, exhibiting off an image of Schreiber sporting a part of Grasp Chief’s helmet (which seems like it might make a killer masks.)
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The present is predicted to hit screens someday in 2021, which appears as if it’ll work out properly—the next installment of the video game franchise, Halo: Infinite, ought to be launched early subsequent 12 months.