Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have been cast as Joel and Ellie respectively in HBO’s adaptation series of The Last Of Us, as reported by Deadline.
Best known for their respective roles as Oberyn Martell and Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Pascal is presently starring as the titular character in The Mandalorian, while Ramsey’s other work includes appearances in His Dark Materials.
Pascal has further starred as the villainous Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984, Jack Daniels in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Javier Peña in Narcos, and is set to appear in Judd Apatow’s The Bubble, currently in development for Netflix.
Pascal shared the news of their casting on his Twitter feed, quoting Joel’s iconic line from the game, “…no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.”
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) February 11, 2021
Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin is working in collaboration with the game’s creator, Neil Druckmann to adapt the franchise into a TV series, while Kantemir Balagov was recently chosen to replace Johan Renck as the director for the series pilot.
The adaptation will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog. Jeff Frost, the President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, said they were “thrilled to be working with HBO and this fantastic creative team to bring The Last of Us series to life,”
Last year, Mazin discussed the challenges of adapting a video game for TV, particularly one held in such high regard. Mazin says their ultimate goal is to “make you fall in love again with The Last of Us in a different way”, as well as “experiencing more with more characters in more ways.”
The Last of Us TV series will be based on the events from Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed post-pandemic title, charting a dangerous trek across what remains of the US as Joel smuggles an immune 14-year old Ellie to a military group, The Fireflies, in a bid to create a vaccine for the Cordyceps virus.