‘Halo’ enlists its Master Chief: Pablo Schreiber goes from Pornstache to Leprechaun to Showtime’s Xbox hero

Fans of the Xbox video game series “Halo” have waited a long time for an adaptation. Showtime announced a series version almost a year ago, but the show has finally found its Master Chief. Pablo Schreiber will don the Spartan uniform as the heroic lead in the sci-fi saga. He’s currently known for playing prison guard Pornstache in “Orange is the New Black” and the leprechaun Mad Sweeney in “American Gods,” among other roles in TV and film.

The “Halo” games are first-person shooters set in the 26th century, when the human race battles an alien species known as the Covenant for control of a mysterious super-weapon, the artificial ring-shaped worlds that give the series its title. The TV version will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future,” according to Showtime’s press release.

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