With the premiere date of The Last of Us getting closer, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey get the spotlight in the latest image from the HBO series.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey transform into Joel Miller and Ellie Williams in a brand new image from the live-action adaptation of The Last of Us. Empire Magazine, the publication that released the image, also shared a quote from The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin, who called the series an adaptation of “the greatest story that has ever been told in video games.” Most people could agree with Mazin given that the game has earned multiple year-end awards and is considered by many as one of the biggest achievements of the medium. Check out the image from Empire below.
Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last of Us 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 of The Last Of Us is expected to cover the events of the first game, with the second game potentially surviving as the basis for additional content. The upcoming series is said to be one of the most expensive ever made, with each episode said to cost roughly $10 million with a total budget of around $200 million. In comparison, HBO’s Game of Thrones had a budget of $15 million per episode for its final season.
Who is attached to the Last of Us series?
The Last of Us adaptation is being developed by Craig Mazin, the man behind HBO’s critically-acclaimed miniseries Chernobyl, as well as Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the Naughty Dog game. Its cast also includes Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey, Rutina Wesley and Brad Leland.
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie in the two Last of Us games, are also set to appear in the HBO adaptation, playing original characters. Baker is playing a character named James, who is described as “a senior member of a group of settlers,” while Johnson is on board as a pregnant woman known as Anna.
HBO’s The Last of Us premieres on January 15, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the series and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.