IGN is exclusively reporting that the role of Cortana has been recast for Showtime’s upcoming series adaptation of the popular video game franchise Halo, with Jen Taylor now brought in to reprise the role having voiced the character in the video game franchise.
Halo is set in the 26th Century, where humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant are at war, told primarily through the eyes of Master Chief. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
The role of Cortana was originally meant to be played by Natascha McElhone, who was cast in a dual role, also playing Dr. Catherine Halsey. The report states that due to scheduling difficulties caused by COVID, McElhone can no longer complete her work as Cortana, but will still remain on the series as Dr. Halsey.
Jen Taylor has voiced Cortana, the AI that assists Master Chief, since the beginning of the series back in 2001. The Halo series has been in lengthy pre-production, with Rupert Wyatt originally attached to direct a few episodes and serve as executive producer, but then departed the project in December last year. His replaced, Otto Bathurst, was officially announced last month, along with the news that the initial ten-episode series order was now trimmed down to nine for creative reasons.
Kyle Killen and Steven Kane serve as co-showrunners, with Scott Pennington, Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serving as executive producers.
Jen Taylor will now join a cast that includes Pablo Schreiber, Yerin Ha, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray and Charlie Murphy.