HBO‘s planned The Last of Us series has cast its Joel and Ellie.
Set to star in the high-profile television series adaptation of the hugely acclaimed Last of Us video game franchise is Pedro Pascal, who many will also know as The Mandalorian, and Bella Ramsey, who memorably played Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Pascal (who was also in GoT as Oberyn Martell) will be playing Joel Miller and Ramsey will be playing Ellie.
For those unfamiliar with Playstation’s game franchise, the story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, around twenty years after civilisation was destroyed by an easily transmittable mutated fungus that turns people into cannibalistic creatures. Joel is a hardened survivor who is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a quarantine zone. Their journey turns into something more brutal and emotional than they could have imagined, leading them to depend on each for the survival.
The series is coming from Chernobyl creator-writer Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the director and co-writer of the first game and co-director and co-writer of its sequel. The two are on board as the creators, writers and executive producers. Set to direct the all-important pilot episode is Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov, whose acclaimed 2019 film Beanpole was Russia’s official selection for the 2020 Oscar’s ‘Best International Feature Film’ category. Great talent on both sides of the camera; fingers firmly crossed for this.
As for Pascal’s role on hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian, word is that he’ll be staying on, although he won’t need to be used as much since, you know, the character is behind a mask and all that.