Halo TV Show Recasts Cortana, Will Now be Played by Longtime Voice Actress Jen Taylor

Showtime's Halo TV series needed to find a new actress to play the role of Cortana, so of course, they went with someone who has been playing the character since 2001.

November 11, 2020

Even though the development of Halo Infinite hasn’t gone as smoothly as we hoped it would, production on the Halo TV series at Showtime has continued to chug along behind the scenes. As of today, a rather substantial update on the show has now been divulged and it will likely please many longtime fans of the video game franchise.

Revealed via IGN, the Halo TV Series has now recast the role of Cortana, with the new actress that is filling the character’s shoes being a familiar one. Jen Taylor, who has voiced Cortana in mainline every Halo game since Combat Evolved, will now be playing the iconic part once again. Originally, Showtime had opted to cast Natascha McElhone as Cortana, but scheduling conflicts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused McElhone to continue on as the character.

What’s interesting about this development is that McElhone will still be playing the part of Catherine Halsey in the show. McElhone was cast originally as both Halsey and Cortana (which makes sense if you’re familiar with the franchise’s story), but has now had to step aside which has led to the advent of Taylor.

While not meaning to speak poorly of McElhone by any means, I know that I for one am a bit happy to hear that Taylor will be playing Cortana instead. Considering Cortana’s voice might be one of the most iconic in the history of video games, having Taylor around to play the part again just seems right.

For now, there still isn’t a lot that we know about the Halo series at Showtime, but hopefully, when the pandemic stops being an issue, more information will begin to come about. Until then, we’re left waiting to learn when this show might end up actually debuting.

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