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With only ten days until the world gets to see Pablo Schreiber don Master Chief’s helmet and armor, Paramount+ and 343 Industries’ live-action Halo series made quite a splash at SXSW this weekend (though we’re not sure how everyone in Austin felt about the drone swarm… but it did look pretty cool). But the streaming series didn’t stop there, as the second official trailer was released this evening.
Here’s a look at the latest official trailer 2 for the Halo TV series: Combat Evolved, which will be available to stream on March 24th, only on the Paramount Plus streaming network.
The Master Chief, Spartan-117, is played by Pablo Schreiber (American Gods); Dr. Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted, and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super-soldiers, is played by Natascha McElhone (Californication); and Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the human race’s survival, is played by Jen Taylor (“Halo” game series, RWBY), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), Shabana Azmi (Fire), Natasha Culzac (The Witcher), Olive Gray (Half Moon Investigations), Yerin Ha (Reef Break), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders), and Danny Sapani (Half Moon Investigations) are among the other cast members (Penny Dreadful). Ryan McParland (6Degrees), Burn Gorman (The Expanse), and Fiona O’Shaughnessy (The Expanse) also join the cast as original characters (Nina Forever).
Halo is executive produced by Steven Kane, alongside Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television in partnership with 343 Industries, director Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture, and Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven for Paramount+ in partnership with 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Executive producers for 343 Industries include Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor, and Bonnie Ross. ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group distributes the show abroad.
Schreiber recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on what fans should expect, from the pressures that come with playing such a well-known character to the first restraint he needed to play the role, as well as if Disney+’s The Mandalorian entering screens before Halo makes things more difficult:
On The Pressure of Playing Such a Widely Known & Beloved Character: “There’s this expectation because a huge portion of the audience has played the game believing they are the Master Chief. And now here I am, attempting to play it.” This means that unlike roles in American Gods and Orange Is the New Black where he was able to stretch his creative wings to define such broad characters, Schreiber had a much smaller sandbox to play in as the character begins a journey of self-discovery (and fighting the good fight along the way): “This is a 180-degree turn. It’s a very tight box, especially early in the series, trying to find the sweet spot of restraint and figure out this guy’s inner life.”
On If That Other “Hero-With-a-Helmet” Over at Disney+ Makes for a Crowded Field: “I was like, ‘OK, great, there’s a precedent and people are hungry for this genre and this material — because there is definitely overlap — and the success they had bodes well for us.’ Also, ‘The Mandalorian’ is always helmeted and has to remain that way. In ‘Halo,’ the Spartans take their helmet off a ton — it’s only Master Chief’s face you haven’t seen before.”
On the Challenges of Master Chief’s Bodysuit Armor: “It’s 50 pounds of plastic and the suit is meant to make you superhuman — it enhances the Spartan’s capability for his performance tenfold. In reality, it’s the opposite. It’s a challenge to manipulate a cumbersome costume and find ways to shoot it so it looks like you’re super capable.”
On the Series Moving Beyond Genre Tags Heading into Season 2: “There’s so much opportunity for transcending being a sci-fi show, a superhero show, or a video game show and just be legitimately great television that happens to be exploring those genres.”