Of all the announcements at the Xbox One reveal, the news that legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg would be making a TV series based on Halo was one of the most surprising.
"For me, the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet," said the director about the series. Spielberg is known to be a gamer, so expect the series to be faithful to the famously complex Halo mythology.
Michael K. Williams
Elsewhere on Xbox One, DICE’s Battlefield 4 stars the talented Michael K. Williams, who’s perhaps best known as charismatic stick-up man Omar Little from HBO’s acclaimed crime drama, The Wire. Williams also appears in Boardwalk Empire as Chalky White, and played a role in John Hillcoat’s The Road. In Battlefield he plays Kimble ‘Irish’ Graves, a battle-hardened US Marine from New York City.
Activison’s Call Of Duty: Ghosts also has an all-star cast, featuring Brandon Routh as David ‘Hesh’ Walker, who played Superman in Bryan Singer’s reboot, Superman Returns, and Kevin Gage as Gabriel Rourke, who played psychotic mercenary Waingro in Michael Mann’s Heat. Composer David Buckley provides the score, whose film work includes Ben Afflek’s The Town.
Konami’s long-awaited fifth Metal Gear Solid sequel, The Phantom Pain, has recast its lead role. Snake is now played by Hollywood veteran Kiefer Sutherland, replacing long-time voice actor David Hayter. "We're taking on some heavy subjects, like race and revenge," says series creator, writer, and director Hideo Kojima. "As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words."
The latest in the much-loved series of Lego games, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, sees actor Clark Gregg once again reprising his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, after playing the character in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers Assemble, and TV series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. The game will also feature a cameo appearance from Marvel mastermind Stan Lee himself, as the films often do.
The newest game from Bungie, creators of the Halo series, is Destiny, an ambitious multiplayer-focused shooter set in a compelling sci-fi/fantasy world. The full cast has yet to be revealed, but it was recently revealed that Peter Dinklage, famous for his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s world-conquering Game Of Thrones, would be voicing a character known as a Ghost in the game.
As the video games industry has grown, so has its ability to net A-list talent – and this generation is no different. The actors above are from only a small handful of announced Xbox One games. Expect to see more famous actors and filmmakers appearing on your console in the coming years.