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Showtime's Halo show casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Parangosky

Cortana in Halo
Cortana in Halo (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The Halo show will premiere on Showtime in 2021.
  • New cast members include Natascha McElhone and Shabana Azmi.
  • McElhone will play Dr. Catherine Halsey and Cortana.
  • The show will introduce new characters as well.

343 Industries has been working on a Halo show with Showtime for quite some time, and it looks like casting is going full-steam ahead. A few weeks ago, the network revealed that it had cast American Gods' Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief. Well, now we know have a Cortana.

According to a report by IGN, the series will premiere in the first quarter of 2021, and features Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey and Cortana. McElhone has starred in amazing shows like Californication and Designated Survivor, and is one of the most established Hollywood actors. However, Showtime is also looking towards Bollywood for other talent.

Natascha McElhone will star as two characters — Dr. Catherine Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers and Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.

The outlet added that McElhone and Schreiber will be joined by veteran actors Bokeem Woodbine and Shabana Azmi. Woodbine has appeared in shows like Southland and is a great actor. Azmi is one of the most talented Bollywood actors out there, and has starred in critically-acclaimed films like Godmother and Neerja. She has won the coveted Indian National Film Award for Best Actress five times, which is the highest honor granted by the government.

Woodbine will play 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. Azim will portray Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence... Bentley Kalu will play Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier conscripted at childhood who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief. Natasha Culzac will star in the role of Spartan Riz-028 – a focused, professional and deadly, cybernetically enhanced killing machine. Kate Kennedy stars as Spartan Kai-125, an all-new courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier.

It's great to see that incredibly talented people are part of the project. Hopefully, it'll be a stellar experince along the lines of Game of Thrones. We can't wait to learn more about the show, and watch it in 2021.

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10 Comments
  • The downside to this will be if it's not super spot on, it will fail.. case in point, "Warcraft"
  • I actually really enjoyed Warcraft.
  • How? Whiskey? I'm not a WoW fan, but it was bad just as a movie.
  • It was fairly accurate to the first game, obviously needed some adjustments for the medium but I thought they told the story well enough.
  • Please don't destroy or a shame Halo ms
  • bruh its halo lol
  • Man, I was hoping this was further along by now. Must be patient!
  • Lol, same here
  • Umm, couldn't they get Steve Downes to voice Master Chief and Jen Taylor to voice Cortana? As they are the voice actors for these key characters in the Halo franchise that many have grown up with.
  • Well, now we know have a Cortana.