Veteran actress Shabana Azmi has joined the cast of Showtime series “Halo” to be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The series, which will begin production later this year in Budapest, will be directed by Otto Bathurst.
Variety reports that “Halo,” an adaptation of the megahit video game of the same name, also stars Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac and Kate Kennedy.
Azmi will be seen playing Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence.
Talking of her role and Halo, Azmi told Filmfare that “It can’t get bigger than this.” She said “Asian actors have been fighting for color blind casting for years .. finally it’s become a reality.” She told the magazine that as the role is a “completely new territory” for her, she’s “both excited and nervous which is a good place to be in.” She said the role just happened. “I had to give up on two projects I was scheduled to do here but I figured it would be worth it.”
In the past, Azmi has been a part of international projects like “Madame Sousatzka,”” La Nuit Bengali,” “City of Joy” and “Son of Pink Panther.”