The live-action Halo TV series that’s scheduled to air on Showtime will start Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, a new report from TVLine says. Pablo Schreiber is known for his roles in Orange Is The New Black as well as American Gods. Master Chief is the core character of the Halo series, a Spartan soldier who’s known for his iconic helmet and visor that’s seen throughout the video game franchise.
TVLine reported on the casting decision on Wednesday with news that Yerin Ha will also be a part of the Halo series. Ha will play Quan Ah, a new character in the universe who encounters Pablo Schreiber’s Master Chief character.
Revelation by Showtime President David Nevins
The Halo TV series will air on Showtime and will consist of 10 episodes that the Showtime president David Nevins said will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future” and called it the “most ambitious series ever.”
Casting details revealed by Showtime
It’s time to suit up!@schreiber_pablo has been enlisted as Master Chief. He’ll play the iconic Spartan super soldier and humanity’s last hope against the alien Covenant in our upcoming series, #Halo. #Showtime pic.twitter.com/RP9W5bRV4q
— SHOWTIME (@Showtime) April 17, 2019
A description of the show’s characters shared by the official Showtime Twitter account offers more details on the series’ story that’ll star Schreiber and Ha.
Other casting and showrunner decisions have been revealed in the past, though the actor who would play the series’ most iconic role remained a mystery. Steven Kane who’s known for work as the executive producer for The Last Ship and The Closer was previously announced to be one of the Halo series’ showrunners. Otto Bathurst of Black Mirror fame will serve as the series’ director.
About Master Chief
Master Chief is, of course, the primary protagonist of Bungie and 343 Industries’ Halo franchise. The 26th-century warrior will battle the Covenant, the alliance of alien worlds that threatens our future civilization, in Showtime’s original series.
Pablo Schreiber, 41, an Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor, certainly has the height to fill Master Chief’s Spartan armor. He stands an impressive 6 feet, 5 inches tall — just fives inches short of Master Chief’s actual height, sans armor.
Joining Schreiber in Halo will be newcomer Yerin Ha as a new character created for the series. Ha, who hails from Sydney, will star as Quan Ah, described by Showtime as “a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.”
Halo TV Series Release
A release date for the series has not been announced, but it’ll begin filming this Fall in Budapest.