Here’s everything we know so far about HBO’s The Last of Us series.
Light is slowly coming into the darkness and we are getting more information about the upcoming The Last of Us series from HBO. GamePro collects everything we know so far about the TV show and updates this article continuously.
The key facts about The Last of Us series
Genre: Adventure, horror, action
Director: Kantemir Balagow (Pilot)
Writer: Neil Druckmann, Craig Mazin
Start / Release of The Last of Us series is still pending
There is no official start date yet. However, we will have to be patient for a while, as the production of the TV show only got the green light from HBO in November 2020.
We are currently expecting the series to start the earliest at the end of 2021, but it will not be more realistic until 2022.
Confirmed Performers / Actors on The Last of Us series
Much of the cast is still unknown, but it has been known since February 11, 2021 who will slip into the two main roles of The Last of Us series.
In the run-up, fans wished that Joel would be played by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Ellie by newcomer Kaitlyn Dever. This fan request was ultimately not fulfilled, but two other Game of Thrones stars take over the roles.
Pedro Pascal to the Joels
Pedro Pascal is already enjoying great success at Disney +.
Pedro Pascal will play the smuggler Joel. We already know Pascal from the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. In Game of Thrones we could see him as Oberyn Martell.
In both series, Pascal already proved that he can play stoic but at the same time very amiable characters and should therefore go very well with Joel.
Bella Ramsey als Ellie
Bella Ramsey is a couple of years older but also made her breakthrough on an HBO series.
Bella Ramsey will join Pascal as a teenager Ellie. The 17-year-old British actress also made her Game of Thrones debut as Lyanna Mormont. Thanks to her wonderfully dry manner, she immediately established herself as a crowd-pleaser with her first appearance in the fantasy series.
For comparison, this is what Ellie and Joel look like in the game
Important characters from the game that have not yet been cast:
The Last of Us im Trailer: If you don’t know the game, the trailer gives you a (spoiler-free) foretaste:
The Last of Us Remastered – Launch-Trailer zur PS4-Version
This is what The Last of Us series is all about (spoiler-free)
The HBO show is set to retell the events of the first The Last of Us, with possible additions from the second part of the video game series, The Last of Us: Part 2.
The premise: A devastating mushroom (Cordyceps) has almost completely wiped out the world and either killed a large part of humanity or turned it into willless mushroom mutations. In the game as well as in the series, we accompany Joel, who is in their mid-forties, and Ellie, the teenager, on their journey through the United States in 2033 and experience how their initial mistrust in one another turns into a confidential father-daughter relationship, while over all this Finding a cure for the devastating cordyceps fungus is floating.
The Cordyceps spawns aggressive and deadly mutants like the clicker.
Story should be expanded: In an interview with BBC Radio-Special, producer and script-writer Craig Mazin emphasized that the series will not retell the game 100%. Rather, the story of The Last of Us should be expanded. He emphasizes that the show will continue to fill in certain scenes or events from the video game template, but will not undo events or change them essentially.
There is also a hint that The Last of Us DLC Left Behind could also be picked up in the series: Neil Druckmann teaed a few months ago that Riley, Ellie’s friend from Left Behind, would also appear on the show .
Script, production and soundtrack
Script: Neil Druckmann (Director of The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2) and Craig Mazin are responsible for the script. The latter was already in charge of the HBO series Chernobyl, so he has experience when it comes to post-apocalyptic worlds.
Director: Kantemir Bagalov (known for Beanpole) has been confirmed to direct the pilot episode. The Russian filmmaker takes over the position of director from Chernobyl director Johan Renck, who was supposed to direct the very first episode, but had to cancel due to scheduling difficulties.
Production companies: The series is being developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures, PlayStation Studios and Naughty Dog.
Soundtrack: The Argentinian musician Gustavo Santaolalla was won over as a composer for the series. He was responsible for the soundtrack for The Last of Us and The Last of Us 2.
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