It’s a great day from Hollywood’s South Asian portrayal! Veteran film and theater actor Shabana Azmi has been roped in to star in Steven Spielberg’s televised version of the popular video game Halo. The actor will play a character called Admiral Margaret Parangosky, who will be the head of the Office of Naval Intelligence in the show.
The show has already created a huge buzz because of the popularity of the game show. On top of that, Steven Spielberg‘s involvement is the cherry on top and is making people excited.
Shabana Azmi talked about her role and the importance of a brown actor on screen. She said, “It can’t get bigger than this! For years, Asian actors have struggled for color-blind casting. Finally, it’s become a reality! This is completely new territory for me – I’m both excited and nervous which is a good place to be in.”
Thank you so much https://t.co/JSgSk4L7pr
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) August 4, 2019
She also opened up about how she got the “Halo” project, “It just fell into my lap! I had to give up on two projects I was scheduled to do here but I figured it would be worth it.”
The show will be directed by Otto Bathurst and is said to be one of the biggest and most ambitious series. The series will star Orange Is The New Black actor Pablo Schreiber, along with Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Kennedy Bentley Kalu, and Natasha Culzac among others.
Words can’t explain how happy I’m for you mam ??????? #Congratulations
— Golden Heroines (@goldenheroines) August 4, 2019
The news of Shabana Azmi’s part in a Hollywood franchise comes a month after it was declared that Dimple Kapadia will be joining the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.
The film will be an action thriller like the James Bond series. Apart from Kapadia, the cast includes John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, and Clemence Poesy. It is slated to release on 17th July, 2020.