The Halo TV Series Has to Recast Cortana, So It’s Bringing In Her Game Voice Actor

The coronavirus pandemic has interfered with previous casting.

It’s getting harder for me to keep up with every live-action video game adaptation going on, but now that I’m writing this piece of news on Showtime’s Halo series, we’ll add it to the list of shows and movies I will remember based on the fact that I now have tangible knowledge of them. IGN is reporting that the series is making a pretty big casting change that will probably be exciting to fans of the games, as Cortana, protagonist Master Chief’s AI companion, has been recast for the show, and will now be portrayed by Jen Taylor, who voices her in the games.

Cortana, along with the character’s real-life counterpart Dr. Catherine Halsey, was originally going to be played by Natascha McElhone in the show, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, McElhone hasn’t been able to finish her work on the role, so Taylor will be stepping back into the character for the show. While Taylor played both Halsey and Cortana in the Halo games, McElhone will still be acting as Halsey when the show’s nine-episode run premieres on Showtime in 2021.

Taylor is the only known actor reprising their role from the Halo games, as the rest of the cast is made up of newcomers taking on the roles exclusively for the TV series. This will include Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Shabana Azmi as Margaret Parangosky, and a handful of new characters, as well.

In other news:

The series’ premiere will be one of a few things Halo fans will have to look forward to in 2021, as Halo Infinite is launching next year after being delayed away from the Xbox Series X/S’ launch back in August. While the game doesn’t have a new release date yet, the team over at developer 343 Industries have been going through some notable personnel changes in the months following the delay, including the departure of Studio Head Chris Lee. At some point, there were talks about releasing the single player campaign and multiplayer suite as two separate products, allowing at least one of them to launch alongside the Xbox Series X/S yesterday, but these discussions between Microsoft and 343 Industries fell through. While the game might have been delayed, Microsoft wasn’t able to push back many of the game’s promotional campaigns, including a partnership with Monster Energy Drinks and Snapchat, both of which still went live despite Halo Infinite having no definitive release date right now.

On the other side of the aisle, Sony is at work on the Uncharted movie adaptation, which will star Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as a young Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan respectively, as well as Antonio Banderas as an unnamed character, and Sophia Taylor Ali, who will be playing a young version of Chloe Frazer, a staple of the Uncharted series and protagonist of Uncharted: Lost Legacy. After years of development hell and swaps in directors and actors, the film finished shooting at the end of October.


Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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