In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, suggested The Last Of Us TV series could arrive sooner than we think. The questions eventually steer onto the subject of the long-awaited adaptation, to which Bloys gives a short and vague response: “It’s closer to early 2023.” 

The statement aligns with comments made by series pilot director Kantemir Balagov, as reported by GameLuster back in May. Balagov revealed that as far as he was aware, the series should premiere sometime “early next year.” In January 2022, Bella Ramsey (Ellie) posted an IMDB post to her Instagram story that suggested The Last Of Us would premiere on HBO on an undisclosed date in 2022. Until an official announcement arrives, it’s best to take everything we hear with a pinch of salt. 

During Summer Game Fest on June 9, game creator Neil Druckmann confirmed that the series would wrap filming the following day (June 10), hailing the production as “the most authentic video game adaptation yet.”

Druckmann praised Pascal and Ramsey for “throwing themselves at these roles for a whole year,” noting that “watching the nuance that they bring to these characters, their relationship on and off camera, I couldn’t help but think about Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.”

The Last Of Us will star Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie). Supporting roles include Gabriel Luna (Tommy), Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett (Bill and Frank respectively), Storm Reid (Riley), Merle Dandridge (Marlene), Anna Torv (Tess), Nico Parker (Sarah), and in-game Tommy actor Jeffrey Pierce as an original character.

The story charts a journey from Boston to Utah in a post-pandemic US, as Joel smuggles an immune 14-year-old, Ellie, to a military group, the Fireflies, to create a vaccine for the Cordyceps virus. For all future updates on The Last of Us and more, stay tuned right here at GameLuster.

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