HBO has officially found their Joel for The Last of Us series. According to Deadline, The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal has been tapped to headline the highly anticipated show.
Released in 2013, the game’s story is an enthralling journey that centers around the relationship between protagonists Joel and Ellie, a hardened survivor who lost his daughter in the initial outbreak and a teenager whose blood could be the key to finding a cure. The Last of Us received global critical acclaim and won several Game of the Year awards from different publications.
Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Mahershala Ali had been offered the role of Joel. However, it was debunked soon after. Pascal is set to star alongside Game of Thrones‘ alum Bella Ramsey who will star as Ellie.
Putting the adaptation together for HBO is the creator of Chernobyl, Craig Mazin. He will co-write alongside the game’s director, Neil Duckermann. When asked about Duckermann, Mazin had nothing kind words to say about his collaborator. “Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus,” he explained. “Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
It was first announced in March of 2020 that HBO was developing the series alongside Sony Pictures Television. The series is reportedly the first of many future projects from the studio.
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