We’re a little over a week away from the March 24 debut of Halo of Paramount+. On Monday at South by Southwest, the first two episodes had their world premiere.
Cheryl of Eddy of io9 pretty much nailed the early critical response by describing reviewers as surprised by how much they enjoyed it. No one’s ready to hand out Emmys or anything like that, but it’s still a good sign for folks who were afraid of yet another failed live action adaptation of a beloved video game franchise.
Paramount also revealed a second (and likely final) trailer for Halo. Unlike the last one, this preview is quite a bit heavier on atmosphere and dialogue instead of the action.
As you can see, the new trailer utilizes a good mix of old and new footage without giving away too much of the plot. There are a few cool new reveals though, including our first good look a Covenant Prophet.
Also, despite the lack of action this time around, the dialogue and tone imply a story that won’t be solely rely on great visual effects to win over its audience. That being said, you gotta love that final shot of Master Chief leading his team on a jump.
In the unlikely case that you haven’t read anything about the series yet, check out Paramount’s official description below:
As a live-action series exclusively for Paramount+, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, with the launch of Xbox®’s first “Halo” game. Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, HALO the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
The series stars Pablo Schreiber (“American Gods”) as the Master Chief, Spartan-117; Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) as Dr. Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super soldiers; and Jen Taylor (“Halo” game series, RWBY) as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race. Additional stars include Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo”), Shabana Azmi (“Fire”), Natasha Culzac (“The Witcher”), Olive Gray (“Half Moon Investigations”), Yerin Ha (“Reef Break”), Bentley Kalu (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Kate Kennedy (“Catastrophe”), Charlie Murphy (“Peaky Blinders”) and Danny Sapani (“Penny Dreadful”). Also joining the cast as original characters are Ryan McParland (“6Degrees”), Burn Gorman (“The Expanse”) and Fiona O’Shaughnessy (“Nina Forever”).
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