After years of false starts and an outpouring of support from fans, the Halo live-action series is finally getting the go-ahead. Streaming service Paramount+ has unveiled the first official trailer for the new action epic, giving gamers a first glimpse at Pablo Schreiber as the iconic Master Chief. And, despite all apprehensions, it actually looks badass.
Opening with a soaring shot of the iconic landscape, the Halo series trailer is littered with nostalgic references to the seminal Xbox game. Hordes of Spartan members are then seen marching in unison before a crushing blow to the ground reveals Master Chief in his signature Mjolnir armour.
Set in a trademark futuristic sci-fi world, complete with Pelican dropship, the trailer is a stark reminder of why the original game was so good. Leading the clip is narration from Dr. Halsey, the official responsible for recognising John-117’s unique skills and drive to ‘bring hope to humanity in the face of darkness’.
“Dramatising an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future,” the official synopsis reads.
Considering video game adaptations are often a mixed bag, the scepticism over Halo: The Series is rife, but the few short glimpses put forward have done the long-waited TV show no harm. In fact, the environment graphics and most importantly, character portrayals appear to hit the mark, tapping easily into the source material. All be revealed come 2022, but for now, expectations are high.
The series stars 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi actor Pablo Schreiber as. the leading man Master Chief with Designated Survivor‘s Natascha McElhone taking on the role of Dr. Halsey, Fargo’s Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066 and the original Cortana, Jen Taylor who reprises her voice-only role. Halo: The Series is set to land on the streaming service Paramount+ in 2022.
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