Xbox has posted the first photo from the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced and Sergio Mimica Gezzan-directed digital series "Halo: Nightfall," this one a first look at Agent Locke played by Mike Colter ("The Good Wife," "Zero Dark Thirty").
Locke is agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) whose team is sent to investigate terrorist activity on a distant colony world and are eventually drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact during their search. "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring penned the script.
Locke reportedly plays a major role in "Halo 5: Guardians," which releases on Xbox One in 2015. Colter admits he was hesitant at first to sign up to a big franchise, telling Variety:
"It was a new medium for me. Who would the audience be? How would they access the series? Fortunately, ensuring accessibility to a broad audience is one of the things that Scott Free TV and 343 values first and foremost.
Not only does Halo: Nightfall cater to the hardcore Halo fans, but it's also designed so newcomers to the franchise, like me, can easily enter the Halo universe, identify with the characters and be entertained by the story being told on screen.
When I first heard of the project it was presented as a film that would then later be edited into chapters. So in almost every way it is a film. The only difference is that it will be released in segments."
Asked about his favorite bit of filming on the project, he says:
"My favorite experience thus far would be shooting a scene in Belfast where I'm chasing an enemy who poses a serious threat to the people Agent Locke has sworn to protect through the city. The scene is an action-packed sequence that involves some cool special effects and a lot of coordination with the stunt team to fulfill the director's vision. I can't wait to see how it turns out."
Xbox plans to make the series available to as many people as possible on various platforms when it is released this Fall. The series will also be packaged with "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" when it gets released for the Xbox One on November 11th.