The competition for eyeballs is becoming even more competitive, with video game console makes like Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox, getting into the original scripted series game. What’s even more noteworthy is that series announced by both platforms thus far, feature black leads.
A week ago, Sony cast Susan Heyward as the female lead in “Powers,” a live-action pilot based on the comic book series of the same name, created by Brian Michael Bendis, whose credits include Marvel’s “Avengers, X-Men,” & “Ultimate Spider-Man” and Michael Avon Oeming.
The series, which is set for Sony’s PlayStation network, takes place in a world in which having superpowers is common; Heyward will play one-half of a detective pair who investigate crimes involving people with superpowers.
Today, Microsoft has released the first trailer for its Xbox Originals series, titled “Halo: Nightfall,” which is a live-action adaptation based on the gaming consoles popular “Halo” video game franchise.
Consisting of 5 episodes, the series hails from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions in conjunction with 343 Industries, and was directed by television director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.
In the series, reportedly budgeted at $10 million, “a strange and treacherous world exposes elite UNSC operatives to a much deeper danger.”
Mike Colter (image above from the series) stars, playing the main character, Jameson Locke, who’s described as “a rising star in a futuristic army with reservations about those in command.”
Christina Chong, Luke Neal and Steve Waddington form the main cast of the series, which will debut for Xbox Live users on November 11, and will also be released as part of a new edition of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” on the same day.
The first official trailer was released today, July 24th, 2014, at San Diego Comic-Con, and is embedded below.
Colter’s resume includes lots of TV work in series like “The Good Wife” and “The Following,” as well as on the big screen in films like “Zero Dark Thirty.”