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Paramount’s Lavish and Controversial Video Game Adaptation Returns with the Release of The Halo Season 2 Trailer

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“Halo” is one of the most popular and influential video game series in history. For years, Hollywood tried to get the project off the ground as a movie. “District 9” only came about because the filmmakers couldn’t get a “Halo” movie made. But the advent of streaming gave way to TV shows with movie-sized budgets, paving the way for the property to make its way to the small screen instead. Whether or not that was the right call still, in many ways, remains to be seen.

The response to the first season was pretty mixed overall. Many viewers were a bit disappointed with just how far the narrative strayed from the games. It also had a strong “Mandalorian” vibe with the “reluctant hero saves a kid” narrative. And, to this show’s detriment, Mando and Grogu did it better. All the while, Paramount+ has a lot riding on this show as one of the flagship series on its streaming service. This feels like a make-or-break season. It certainly looks impressive in the early going.

David Wiener (“Brave New World) serves as the showrunner of the series. The cast is led by Pablo Schreiber (“American Gods”) as Master Chief, alongside Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) as Dr. Halsey. Additional returning cast members include Jen Taylor (“RWBY”) as Cortana, 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”).

“Halo” season 2 premieres on February 8 on Paramount+.

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