By James Hibberd
April 17, 2019 at 02:01 PM EDT
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The long-awaited Halo TV series has cast its Master Chief.

Showtime has cast Pablo Schreiber (First Man, Orange Is the New Black) in the lead role based on the iconic Xbox franchise.

The character for the mysterious series version of the game is described as “Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity.”

The series has also cast newcomer Yerin Ha as Quan Ah, “a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.”

Schreiber was nominated for an Emmy for his work in Orange is the New Black and also had roles in American Gods and The Brink.

Showtime describes Halo as “weaving deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.” Kyle Killen (Awake) and Steven Kane (The Last Ship) serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. There’s no premiere date as of yet.

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