Pedro Pascal is joining his former Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey in HBO’s TV series adaptation of the popular video game.
HBO has announced that Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) have been cast in the adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us. The limited series will be written by Craig Mazin, who created the renowned series Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of the original game, will be the executive producer.
The Last of Us is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed due to a pandemic that makes its victims dangerous. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to protect 14-year-old Ellie (Ramsey) and to escort her safely out of an oppressive quarantine zone. Their adventure starts as an ordinary job for Joel, but it turns out to be a merciless, excruciating journey, where the two characters heavily depend on each other for survival.
Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode of HBO’s high-profile series adaptation. The Last of Us will be co-produced with Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog (who also produced the original video game exclusively for PlayStation platforms).
Pedro Pascal is the star of Disney+ acclaimed series The Mandalorian, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series. The actor is also currently working on Judd Apatow’s The Bubble for Netflix.
Game of Thrones’ breakout star Bella Ramsey, who played Lyanna Mormont in the show, also appeared in another popular HBO series, His Dark Materials. She is repped by Conway van Gelder and Gang Tyre, while Pascal is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
HBO first announced The Last of Us series back in March 2020, with the show landing an official series order in November.
Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin will be joined by Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones, Chernobyl) who will also be an executive producer, along with Naughty Dog President Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions.
Words by Frederica Battiato
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