The Last of Us and its sequel, The Last of Us Part II, are regarded as some of the greatest video games to ever grace the medium. Both entries feature very few other characters of importance as the player spends a majority of the time as either Joel or Ellie. This being the case, the casting of the characters for the upcoming HBO adaptation is very important to a lot of fans. Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, one Ellie has been checked off the list as Game of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey has joined the cast of the HBO series.
Ramsey, who appeared as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, will have some big shoes to fill. Ashley Johnson’s performance as Ellie is iconic, but if her time on Game of Thrones is any indication, Ramsey is certainly up for the task.
While recent reports claim that Mahershala Ali has been offered the role of Joel, THR shot down that idea. However, given that Ellie has been cast, it seems likely that fans will know the identity of the actor sooner rather than later.
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.”
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