Pedro Pascal will be Joel in ‘The Last of Us’: everything we know so far about the HBO adaptation
Little by little more details of the next adaptation of ‘The Last of Us’ that HBO is preparing. Pedro Pascal, absolutely on the crest of the fan wave thanks to the success of ‘The Mandalorian‘and his role as Maxwell Lord, villain of’Wonder Woman 1984‘, will play Joel, one of the most beloved characters in video games in recent years thanks to the depth with which Naughty Dog developed it in the two installments of the game.
Along with him, Ellie’s identity has also been revealed. It will bring Bella Ramsey to life, whom we remember as Lyanna Mormont in ‘Game of Thrones‘, also from HBO. Ramsey has been seen by series like ‘The Worst Witch’ on Netflix or ‘Dark matter‘the HBO. Ellie, her character in ‘The Last of Us’, has a key role in the development of the story, not only because of its possible importance to end the apocalypse, but because of its shocking evolution, which in video games hatches in the second installment.
Both casting choices, undoubtedly the first step to start configuring in our head what the series will look like, were commented on Twitter by Neil Druckmann, screenwriter and creative director of the video game and co-creator of the series.
Aaaaand there’s the other half. Stoked to have Pedro aboard our show! https://t.co/Etsjvfb2Wi
— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 11, 2021
One of the most anticipated adaptations of recent times
It was clear from its initial success in 2013 that the story of ‘The Last of Us’ had all the potential to make the leap to film or television. As with all Naughty Dog video games (‘Uncharted’ will also be adapted to the cinema, starring Tom Holland), its narrative is deeply cinematic, and the development of its plot is comparable to that of a series. In it, Joel and Ellie are two survivors in a near future in which civilization has been destroyed by a plague of unknown origin and has turned some of the survivors into mutant beasts.
HBO’s production was announced last March 2020 in a still development stage, and the platform confirmed that it would take effect in November. Together with Druckmann, the other big name linked to the development is Craig Mazin, creator of another recent television bombshell, ‘Chernobyl’. Together with them, Gustavo Santaloalla (winner of two Oscars for his work on ‘Babel’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’) will compose the soundtrack. Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot.
Nothing is known about the plot that the series will take, but the truth is that the events narrated in ‘The Last of Us Part 2’ are far away, and the series possibly focuses on the plot of the first game, essentially a road movie in which Joel and Ellie, initially strangers, cross the United States so that the young woman is analyzed in search of a cure for the plague.
Mazin has affirmed that the series will “expand” the story of ‘The Last of Us’, and guarantees that there is no risk of betraying the story that gave rise to it: “In this case, I’m doing the series with the uncle who created the game, and therefore the changes we are making are meant to fill things in and expand, not undobut to improve them. “The series has no release date yet.