Showtime’s Halo live-action television adaptation has been plagued by all kinds of hurdles. For example, they had recently had their director, M.J. Bassett, leave the series because of scheduling conflicts. That position was filled by Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror director Otto Bathurst. He will direct and executive produce the 9-episode first season.
Another position that was affected on Halo was Cortana, the AI that assists and sometimes turns on Master Chief throughout the video game series. Originally she was going to be played by Natascha McElhone but due to a scheduling conflict, she will not be able to take on that character. But she will still be playing the role of Cortana’s creator, Dr. Catherine Halsey.
Luckily for Showtime, the role has been cast by someone that is very familiar with Cortana. IGN is reporting that Jen Taylor has been cast as Cortana. If your a Halo fan then this name should be very familiar to you. Taylor has been the voice of Cortana in all the mainline Halo video games. Currently it’s not clear if she will play the role in-person or if just her voice will be used.
The cast for Showtime’s Halo
Taylor now joins a cast that includes Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Danny Sapani, and Olive Grey as Jacob and Miranda Keyes. Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, and Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky. Also Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy as three new Spartan characters.
Currently, it’s unknown what the storyline is going to be for the series. But it has been explained by Showtime that it will be “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
It’s a great move for them to cast Taylor as Cortana bringing the game world and television world closer together. I am crossing my fingers that this series works out. What do you think of the recasting of Cortana? Let us know in the comment section below!