The official Halo trailer has been released by Paramount+, revealing a full look at Master Chief and his mission in the series adaptation of the hit video game.
The official Halo trailer has been released by Paramount+, revealing a full look at Master Chief and his mission in the series adaptation of the hit video game. The show will be led by Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, with Jen Taylor reprising her role as Cortana and Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, a scientist for the United Nations Space Command and the creator of the Spartan-II project. Charlie Murphy, Bokeem Woodbine, Yerin Ha, Shabana Azmi, Olive Gray, Kate Kennedy, and Danny Sapani round out the Halo cast.
Several attempts have been made over the years to adapt Halo to film, beginning with a film adaptation at 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, with Peter Jackson set to executive produce and Neill Blomkamp attached to direct. However, the film would languish in development hell as it went through multiple rewrites and financial deals between the studio and Microsoft, and efforts were eventually shifted to a TV show in 2015. Following changes at Showtime and Paramount+, as well as showrunners, Halo would finally premiere on the streaming platform with a 10-episode season.
Paramount+ has revealed the official Halo trailer as part of its appearance at The Game Awards. The video provides the first comprehensive look at Pablo Schreiber’s Master Chief and his mission to protect humanity throughout the galaxy. Check out the exciting trailer after the jump:
The first Halo show trailer doesn’t reveal much about the series’ plot, though it does appear to point to a more divergent take on the source material rather than a direct adaptation of the plot. Since it was revealed that the daughter of iconic character Captain Keyes grew up as an orphan raised by the Covenant who developed a contempt for humanity, the show has drawn some controversy from fans during its development cycle, while also drawing attention after 343 Industries exec Kiki Wolfkill teased a different take on Master Chief. The trailer doesn’t go into detail about how the show will explore this concept, but with a mix of new and returning game locations and a focus on its supporting cast, it appears to be taking its own approach to the material.
The production design put into bringing Master Chief and the sci-fi world of the 26th century galactic war to life on screen is arguably the most exciting takeaway from the Halo show trailer. The Master Chief’s suit and the Spartan Squad are exact recreations of their appearances in Microsoft’s video games, and the visual effects look commensurate with the show’s reported $200 million budget. When Halo premieres on Paramount+ in 2022, only time will tell how the series adapts the franchise to screen.