IndieWire reports that actress Natasha McElhone has been cast to play the role of Cortana, the artificial intelligence sidekick of lead character Master Chief in the Halo video games. Woodbine has appeared in films of all genres including Strapped, Jason's Lyric, Ray, Life, Devil, The Host, Riddick, Spider-Man: Homecoming and most recently Overlord.
Another character from the videogame franchise, Admiral Margaret Parangosky, will be played by Azmi.
The Halo series was in development for five years before being greenlit a year ago. We don't know much more than that just yet, but it should be an exciting time for Halo fans, especially as this will be the first official project the game has seen on a major cable television network. British actor Kalu will play Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier conscripted at childhood who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief.
Spartan Riz-028 (Culzac) - A cybernetically enhanced killer.
Rounding out that trio, Kennedy will also play a new character - Spartan Kai-125 - described as "courageous and curious - and also deadly".
The six actors - Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac and Kate Kennedy - have singed on in named roles to join the previously cast Pablo Schreiber (Master Chief) and Yerin Ha (Quan Ah).
The series is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and will begin production this fall in Budapest, Hungary.
There are also some new characters represented in the cast, with three original Spartans joining the lineup.
The Showtime adaptation will focus on 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.
Kyle Killen (Awake) and Steven Kane (The Last Ship) serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. It will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International.