It seems like Showtime’s Halo series has been in development for an age now – in reality, it’s barely been a year – but finally the show has found its Master Chief.

Via Deadline, Pablo Schreiber has been brought in to play the headlining act of this adaptation of the famed Xbox video game franchise. Schreiber is most likely best known to genre fans for the likes of American Gods and Orange is the New Black.

Currently just titled Halo, an order has been put in for a ten-episode first season to be based around the monumental gaming property. Awake’s Kyle Killen is on board as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, while Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt has signed on to direct several episodes and also executive produce.

The official word on the TV take on Halo reads:

Reinventing how people think about video games, Halo has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The franchise has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and has grossed more than $5 billion in sales.

In the Showtime adaptation, Halo will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing 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.

As ever, expect more on all things Halo as we get it.

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