Three new additions have been made to the cast for HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Last Of Us, including an original character, Perry, who’ll be played by Jeffrey Pierce. If the name sounds familiar, Pierce does in fact provide the voice for Joel’s brother Tommy in the game. According to a report from Deadline, Perry’s character is a “rebel in a quarantine zone”, which could relate in some way to Boston or even Pittsburgh.
As for the other two new cast members, Con O’Neil, who coincidentally played Viktor Bryukhanov in showrunner Craig Mazin’s miniseries Chernobyl, will play Bill. Joining him in the show is his lover/partner, Frank who will be played by Murray Bartlett, an Australian actor whose work includes roles in Nashville, White Collar, and Iron Fist. Bill and Frank have been described as “two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town.”
They’ll be joining an ever-expanding cast list which includes The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal, (Joel), Bella Ramsey, (Ellie), Gabriel Luna, (Tommy), and Nico Parker, while Merle Dandridge will reprise her role from the video game as Marlene.
Earlier in the month, a selfie taken by Luna with the cast appeared to confirm the adaptation had already begun filming in Calgary, Canada. The production of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed post-pandemic title is expected to wrap as late as June 8, 2022. As a result, this could likely push the release date back as far as 2023.
As for what else we know, Kantemir Balagov will be directing the series pilot, the first of ten episodes confirmed for the first season, as recently confirmed by Mazin. The Chernobyl creator has teamed up with Neil Druckmann to write and executive produce.
Druckmann recently confirmed that the HBO adaptation would directly lift dialogue from the original game, while some episodes will “deviate greatly” from Naughty Dog’s source material.