Like other successful video games developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us just made into a series by HBO. The American channel has already revealed part of the cast for the main roles: Pedro Pascal, the Chilean-American actor who plays the Mandalorian in the Disney+ series, and Bella Ramsey, the young actress noted for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Game Of Thrones.
Recently, we saw Ramsey make an appearance in the second season of the series. His Dark Materials. For his part, Pedro Pascal was preparing for the third season of The Mandalorian. But after being cast as Joel and Ellie in the upcoming HBO series, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, their agenda has just been filled for the next few months.
The long-awaited adaptation of this video game seems obvious: The Last of Us not only received great reviews but it also tells a dramatic and uplifting story that fans can’t wait to share again. And who better to dream of to make this adventure a reality than Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl (one of HBO’s best series), associated with Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog (the creator of the video game himself)! A duo that should make it possible to achieve an adaptation that is both faithful to the game but energized by a few innovative and surprising touches. To complete the picture, the Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla, twice awarded the Oscar for best film music (babel, Brokeback Mountain), who will compose the music for the series.
The series would be one of the most expensive ever produced. According to Damian Petti, president of the American union IATSE 212, “this project is well above the eight-figure mark for each episode, which has a multiplied impact on our economy: hundreds of related companies can take advantage of this abundance of work” . Petti notably specified that the team of The Last of Us was made up of “five artistic directors and an army of hundreds of technicians. In all, six months of preparation were necessary for a shoot in the Canadian province of Alberta lasting a total of twelve months.
Who are the characters of The Last of Us ?
Pedro Pascal plays Joel, “a hardened survivor, tormented by his past failures and traumatized by the death of his only daughter, who is tasked with protecting Ellie, a teenage girl representing humanity’s last hope. Together, they will have to cross an America ravaged by a dangerous pandemic.