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After seven years of development hell, the Halo TV series is finally making its way to Paramount+. The streaming service unveiled a new trailer for the video game adaptation on Jan. 30, revealing a Halo release date only a few weeks away. In honor of the new updates, here’s everything we know about the show, including its cast, plot, and more.

Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief in the 'Halo' TV series
Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief in the ‘Halo’ TV series | Paramount+

‘Halo’ TV series release date

The new trailer, which dropped during the 2022 AFC Championship Game, listed the release date for Halo as March 24. Many fans who waited years for the adaptation were thrilled to see that it’s now less than two months away.

At the time of this writing, it’s not clear how many episodes Paramount+ will include in the series. We also don’t know yet if the episodes will drop all at once or on a weekly basis. However, if past Paramount+ originals like Star Trek: Picard and iCarly are any indication, it will likely be a weekly show.

‘Halo’ TV series trailer

Set to a slowed-down cover version of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” the Halo TV series trailer introduced viewers to protagonist Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 (a.k.a. Master Chief) and his AI assistant, Cortana. The action-packed two minutes also offered a glimpse at the battle with the evil Covenant and teased Master Chief’s ultimate mission: “Find the Halo, win the war.”

Fans can check out the full Halo trailer above.

The full ‘Halo’ cast

Taking on the lead role of Master Chief is Pablo Schreiber of Orange is the New Black and Den of Thieves fame. Meanwhile, Cortana will be played by Jen Taylor, the very same voice actor who portrays the AI companion in the Halo video games.

In addition to Master Chief and Cortana, Halo fans will see several other video game characters represented in the TV series. For example, the scientist Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey will appear, played by Natascha McElhone. There are also some new faces, including a character named Kwan Ha Boo (Yerin Ha).

Here’s the rest of the Halo TV series cast, per IMDb:

  • Bokeem Woodbine (playing Soren-066)
  • Shabana Azmi (Admiral Margaret Parangosky)
  • Olive Gray (Dr. Miranda Keyes)
  • Danny Sapani (Captain Jacob Keyes)
  • Kate Kennedy (Kai-125)
  • Natasha Culzac (Riz-028) 
  • Bentley Kalu (Vannak-134)
  • Charlie Murphy (Makee)

How closely will the ‘Halo’ TV series follow the games?


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According to Paramount+’s official synopsis, the show will follow the “dramatization” of “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.”

While the series includes many Halo characters and stays true to the general plot of the games, it won’t directly adapt any storylines. Instead, the series follows the “silver timeline.” According to a Halo blog post, the adaptation will deliver a parallel timeline with events that differ from the video games.

“To tell the best Halo stories we can, we want to protect the integrity, simplicity, and future of the core canon, but also not be limited by it when faced with the realities of a new medium and the process of production,” the post read. “As a result, we made the decision to set the Halo television series in an authentic, but independent timeline.”

Halo premieres on Paramount+ on March 24. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for more updates on the TV show.