Ridley Scott’s “Halo” digital feature captured its first Spartan on Thursday. According to a report from TheWrap, Mike Colter from the “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story” will play the lead Spartan and we also got the first story details for the feature based on the Xbox franchise.
Scott’s “Halo” feature is already confirmed to not feature Master Chief, unlike “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.” Instead, Colter will play Marlowe who is described as “rising star in a futuristic army who is troubled by aspects of the military industrial complex he inhabits. Approaching combat situations with caution and logic, he inspires loyalty in his fellow Spartans.”
According to TheWrap, more details about the “Halo” digital feature and cast will be announced during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 media briefing scheduled for June 9. Of course, you should probably expect a few leaks leading into the event.
However, this announcement appears to confirm a few things about the project. For starters, it will revolve around the Spartan IV program, which aimed to create Spartans out of volunteers versus the childhood abductions that occurred with the Spartan II program that generated Master Chief.
Additionally, Marlowe appears to be a completely new character as memory and a quick search did not turn up a character from the games, comics or books by that name. Please correct us if that is wrong though.
The new “Halo” digital feature will have a bigger budget than the $10 million “Forward Unto Dawn” according to a Venturebeat interview with President of Xbox Entertainment Studios Nancy Tellem. It will be released sometime this year as part of the Xbox Original line-up for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Additional distribution details have not been made available yet but the Steven Spielberg “Halo” TV series is still in the works as well. Reportedly, Showtime is in the mix as a distribution channel for that.