Paramount + met Halo finally on the small screen, charging Master Chief for the first time as a live-action series. With this year’s Game Awards coming to an end, the streamer teased fans earlier this week for being on the hunt for the first official trailer for the upcoming Xbox video game crossover – and sure enough, he delivered.
Fans who were inundated (pun intended) with curiosity about how the TV version of Halo could visually compare with the iconic sci-fi games will probably be happy with the big budget look of the trailer. With Pablo Schreiber anchoring an ensemble cast as the Master Chief, the show seeks to capture the same sleek space spectacle as its Xbox source material.
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The series’ first trailer looks less like a video game adaptation and more like The extent, building a massive sci-fi world and telling an epic story in the middle of it. There’s no doubt that there is a lot of material and construction in the world to tap into, and at the very least, the series seems worth the wait after all these years of development.
Side games, Halo remains one of the biggest success stories of the past 20 years, becoming an instant systems seller with the 2001 debut of Halo: combat has evolved for the original Microsoft Xbox. The trailer for the series arrives the same week as the highly anticipated debut of the latest installment in the first-person shooter franchise, featuring Infinite halo landing Dec. 8 on the critically acclaimed current-gen Xbox platforms (the game currently holds an overall score of 86 to metacritic.)
Originally intended to debut on Showtime, ViacomCBS transferred the series to Paramount + last year as part of the premium network’s first post-launch content rollout. With this change came a slight upheaval among HaloThe creative team of, with original co-showrunner Kyle Killen leaving the project while Steven Kane, the other half of the showrunning duo, remained behind to bring the series’ first season to its conclusion.
Schreiber is joined by a cast including Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac and Kate Kennedy.
Halo is slated to debut at Paramount + in 2022.