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Following the news that The Wire’s Pablo Schreiber cast as Master Chief for the long-awaited Halo TV show, Showtime has announced casting for Cortana and plenty other characters.

Pablo Schreiber plays Master Chief

According to the official Showtime announcement, Cortana is described as:

“the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race”

Natascha McElhone plays Cortana/Dr. Catherine Halsey

Cortana is played by Natascha McElhone (Californication), in a dual role, as she will also star as Dr. Catherine Halsey, a “brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers“.

Also confirmed are Fargo’s Bokeem Woodbine who plays Soren-066:

“a morally complex privateer at the fringes of human civilization whose fate will bring him into conflict with his former military masters and his old friend, the Master Chief”.

Bokeem Woodbine plays Soren-066

Showtime also revealed a number of new characters, previously unseen in the Halo universe. Natasha Culzac (Witcher), has been cast as Spartan Riz-028:

“a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine”.

Natasha Culzac plays Spartan Riz-028

Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) as Spartan Vannak-134, another cybernetic supersoldier:

“conscripted at childhood serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief”.

Bentley Kalu plays Spartan Vannak-134

Last but not least, Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe) plays Spartan Kai-125:

“an all-new courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier.”

Kate Kennedy plays Spartan Kai-125

Showtime’s Gary Levine says violence-wise, the show will:

“sort of belong in our PG-13 almost R universe of shows… hopefully we’ll satisfy the gamers and satisfy the Showtime drama watchers.”

Halo is scheduled to enter production in Budapest, Hungary, this autumn and is expected to air early in 2021.