Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Premieres Today

Microsoft and 343 Industries announce today that the series premiere of the highly anticipated live-action series, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” launching today, on Machinima’s new premium channel, Machinima Prime, and  Halo Waypoint, a downloadable app available through Xbox LIVE for those who don’t know. This groundbreaking digital series will lead up to the launch of the “Halo 4” video game.

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting and amazing story of heroism and sacrifice that will make fans jaws drop and eyes dilate, as  seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war, and leading into the events of “Halo 4.”Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” follows a group of new cadets who are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about the war, having difficulty finding his resolve and going through the burden of expectations of him being able to carry the task as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with special insights into the story of “Halo 4” and the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience. The story will unfold weekly through a series of five episodes, setting the stage for the worldwide launch of “Halo 4” on 6thNovember.

Directed by Stewart Hendler (“H+,” “Sorority Row”), written by Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing (“Smallville,” “Spartacus”) and backed by a top-tier production team, including Executive Producers Lydia Antonini and Josh Feldman, former Warner Bros. and Playtone executives, respectively, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” features a diverse cast of established and up-and-coming Hollywood talent, including Daniel Cudmore (“X2,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2”) as the Master Chief, Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) as Chyler Silva, Tom Green (“Dance Academy”) as Thomas Lasky, and Ayelet Zurer (“Angels & Demons,” “Munich”) as Mehaffey.

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” is produced in association with Emmy®-winning production company Herzog & Company/HCO (Gettysburg and the forthcomingKilling Lincoln). Continuing its involvement with the “Halo” franchise, Legacy Effects (The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Avatar) is creating specialized costumes and armor, and visual effects are being created by Toronto-based Arc Productions bringing the Halo universe to life with fidelity never before seen.  Emmy-winner John Sullivan (“The Pacific”) is serving as the Visual Effects Supervisor for the production.

Here is the amazing trailer to “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” and make sure to check out the premiere episode today on Halo Waypoint: