Dumbo star Nico Parker is set to play Joel’s daughter in HBO’s The Last of Us series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
Production on The Last of Us adaptation is ramping up with the HBO series adding to its cast. So far, the cast includes Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, and Merle Dandridge. It is now being reported by the Hollywood trades that Nico Parker is the latest addition to the series.
Nico Parker is best known for starring in Tim Burton’s recent Dumbo live-action film and recently appeared in HBO’s The Third Day series. In the upcoming HBO series, Parker is set to portray Joel’s daughter. Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is writing the video game adaptation, and the series will be directed by Kantemir Balagov, Jasmila Žbanić, and Ali Abbasi. The Last of Us game creative director Neil Druckmann is also attached as a writer and executive producer.
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The original video game centers on the relationship between a smuggler named Joel and 14-year-old Ellie, the latter of whom may be the key to curing the deadly pandemic that resulted in the post-apocalypse world of the game. Hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, Joel finds himself relying on the teenage girl just as much as she relies on him as they fight to survive on their journey across the United States. The HBO adaptation will cover the events of the first game, with the second game potentially surviving as the basis for additional content.
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