As Showtime’s Halo series has officially resumed filming in Budapest there has been a bit of a casting shakeup concerning the role of artificial intelligence character Cortana that assists Master Chief.
IGN is reporting that Halo video game franchise actress Jen Taylor is set to replace Natascha McElhone (Ronin) as Cortana in the series due to a scheduling conflict but will keep playing Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of Cortana.
IGN can exclusively reveal that Showtime’s Halo TV series has recast its Cortana actress, bringing in Jen Taylor for the role. You’ll know Taylor from her role as Cortana in all the mainline Halo games. It’s not yet clear if Taylor will play the role in-person, or lend her performance to a full CGI character.
Due to scheduling difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, McElhone can no longer complete her work as Cortana – but will continue in the role of Halsey.
Despite the delays it’s looking like they’ll be able to begin airing the 10-episodes of Halo sometime in 2021 on Showtime. They’ve already started the post-production process on the series.