HBO’s The Last of Us is coming along nicely, with a new shot from the series revealed at Summer Game Fest. Neil Druckmann, creator of the video game and co-developer of the series, was present at the video game festival to share some updates on the show, which IGN reported.
The game, released in 2014, depicts the story of Joel, a grizzled survivor of a dangerous post-pandemic world, who has slowly lost his sense of morality after losing his daughter. Ellie, a young girl with her own struggles trying to find a genuine human connection, is forced together with Joel. The pair travel across the country in search of a faint hope for the future of humanity. The series promises to be the most faithful video game adaptation to date, which could prove true with Druckmann’s involvement in both the show and the game.
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Pedro Pascal plays Joel in the series, and judging by the images released so far, he’s nailed the character’s look. Pascal is known for his roles in The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones, and Wonder Woman 1984. Bella Ramsey will take on Ellie, previously sharing the screen with Pascal in Game of Thrones as Lyanna Mormont.
Neil Druckmann Shares More News for The Last of Us
Fans of the games will be thrilled to hear that voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson will also have a role in the HBO series. The pair portrayed Joel and Ellie in the video games, with their performances regarded as some of the best voice work ever done across all forms of media. Pascal and Ramsay will undoubtedly have their work cut out for them as they give their depiction of the characters, with Baker and Johnson considered royalty for their role in the games. Druckmann assured fans that the actors won’t have mere cameos in the series but will be substantial to the show’s plot. How they will fit into the tightly woven narrative of The Last of Us is still unknown, but Druckmann is sure to handle their characters with care.
In equally exciting news, The Last of Us creator revealed the series would wrap filming tomorrow. The show has been shooting over the past 13 months and has become the most expensive TV series ever filmed in Canada. Although the exact budget is unknown, it’s rumored to be in the hundreds of millions.
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Merle Dandridge, and Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) will all have substantial roles in the series. In addition, Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) will serve as writers for the show, with composer Gustavo Santaolalla returning from the games to compose the series’ score. The release date for the HBO show is still unknown, but with the series wrapping filming tomorrow, we can expect to see The Last of Us sometime in 2023.