While Soren appears in the book “Halo: Evolutions,” he isn’t seen in the video games, making him a unique presence in the TV show’s story. Despite having less to go on than some of the other characters, Bokeem Woodbine indicated that he has a deep understanding of Soren. “I had a fantastic template [for Soren] in the ‘Halo’ lore,” Woodbine noted. “When I read the screenplays, I got the sense of a person who is rebellious by nature, but not necessarily without a cause. He’s a sincere profiteer. He loves to profit. That’s part of his nature as well, and I really felt like I could give a voice to the character.”
Much of Soren’s personality is rooted in his background as a Spartan. Although he’s gone rogue and is now enjoying a life of freedom and emotional fulfillment, he still retains the scars and the skills he picked up from that time in his life, and he gets to demonstrate the extent of his fighting abilities protecting Kwan in Episode 7. For Woodbine, it was a chance to show off a different side of Soren while collaborating with the people behind the scenes to create exciting, fully realized fight sequences.
“It was a lot of fun working with our stunt team and our VFX department and having the opportunity to make some suggestions here and there about the action,” Woodbine shared. “They allowed me to feel as though I was a participant in the whole design of the action. I felt really grateful to be able to be on board on that side of things, and it was a tremendous amount of fun.”
New episodes of “Halo” premiere Thursdays on Paramount+.