Halo TV Series: Release date, plot, cast & more
Ever since its official unveiling, fans have been dying to know the Halo TV series release date. This ambitious television project from Paramount Plus is bringing the Halo series to life in the biggest live action incarnation of Master Chief to date.
With the recent Halo Infinite boosting the franchise's popularity, we can't wait to feast our eyes on more Halo. Want to know more of what to expect from this Paramount Plus show? Here's everything we know about the Halo TV series release date, plot, cast, and budget.
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Halo TV Series release date & how to watch
The Halo television series is set to debut on March 24, 2022 on the Paramount Plus streaming service.
In addition to the Paramount Plus subscription service, it will also be available through Sky/Now TV in the UK, much like HBO Max content.
Halo TV Series plot
Story details on the Halo TV series are relatively light, with IMDb stating that nothing more than "Aliens threaten human existence in an epic 26th century showdown". However, the show has promised to be a faithful extension of the canon. We know that Master Chief (a.k.a. John-117) will face off against The Covenant, and considering the namesake of the show, it is safe to assume a Halo will be involved in some capacity.
Having a gander at some of the casting on IMDb also reveals that we will be seeing flashbacks of some kind, as "Young John" has been cast. This will likely dive into the origins of Master Chief and his conscription into the SPARTAN-II programme.. This is all but confirmed by the presence of Dr. Catherine Halsey, as the scientist behind the programme. We'll likely have the show flitting between multiple timelines across its run.
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Halo TV Series cast
The Halo TV series cast as mentioned give us further insight into the story. Pablo Schreiber of American Gods and Orange Is The New Black fame will play Master Chief. We suspect there will be some major Mandalorian vibes going on here where we see very little of his face, if any at all.
Schreiber will be joined by Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, Yerrin Ha as Quan Ah and Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, showing that the show will feature more Spartans.
Music to many long-time fans' ears is that Jen Taylor will venture over from the video games to voice Cortana once more - Master Chief's AI advisor. And lastly, we can see that Karl Johnson has been cast as Truth, a character that acted as one of the primary antagonists of both Halo 2 and Halo 3.
Halo TV Series episode count & budget
The Halo TV series hasn't officially revealed its episode count. Upon its announcement with the network Showtime, the show was ordered for a total of ten episodes. However, since its switch over to Paramount Plus, and some conferring with IMDb, it looks as though that episode count has been reduced to nine episodes. Depending on episode runtime, this will be on par with most modern television series.
From our first look at the trailer premiered at The Game Awards in December, we can see that Halo has a sizable budget behind it, with some stellar looking settings and costumes. There hasn't been much noise on the exact budget in some time, but Variety reported that it had spent $41.3 million when shooting in Hungary in 2019, making it the second most expensive production at the time.
However, the show received set-backs and delays due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which led to a prolonged shoot and additional reshoots, likely ballooning this budget.
That's all we know about the Halo TV series, and like many fans, we can't wait to see how this live-action take pans out. We'll be sure to keep this article updated as we know about the show. Check out our Halo homepage for more guides.