The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal will play Joel in HBO’s TV series adaptation of The last of us. The message of Pascal’s casting comes just hours after it was announced Game of Thrones Breakout star Bella Ramsey stars in the series as Ellie, the teenage girl Joel cares about in the original video game. Just like Ramsey, Pascal has also been seen before Game of Thronesalthough he had already left the series before Ramsey debuted.
Pascal lands the part of Joel The last of us also follows the rumors that Moonlight star Mahershala Ali had gotten the part. Ali reportedly had “circled the role” before Pascal’s casting, but a deal never came about. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hugh Jackman were other names fans came up with doing their own fantasy casting online, but given Pascal’s popularity, fans are likely to embrace The Mandalorian star in the role.
Before he got his popular role in The Mandalorian, Pascal broke out as Oberyn Martell in season four Game of Thrones. He also recently appeared in the comic book movie Wonder Woman 1984 as the villain, Max Lord, and had just been cast in Judd Apatow’s upcoming pandemic-themed comedy. Word is that the actor has just become available for a new series, and with multiple big offers from various networks and streamers coming his way, Pascal was most intrigued by The last of us.
In The last of usJoel is a hardened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by zombie-like creatures. 20 years after the world came to an end, Joel is hired to smuggle a teenage girl named Ellie (Ramsey) out of a quarantine area, while staying away from robbers and other dangers. What starts out as a small job “quickly turns into a relentless, heartbreaking journey, as they both have to traverse the US and depend on each other to survive.”
The original video game version of The last of us is one of the most popular console games in recent years. It was a fast hit when it was first released in 2013, selling millions of copies and scooping multiple Game of the Year awards. Last year the sequel The Last of Us Part II would also be released with an equally incredible success. With sales of more than four million copies over its release weekend, the sequel title is the record for the most Game of the Year awards.
Based on the popularity of the game, there are plans to make a live-action version of it The last of us for years. In 2014, Sony announced a movie adaptation to be produced by Sam Raimi. Oddly enough, this version could have played another one Game of Thrones alum, as Maisie Williams had expressed an interest in playing Ellie for the project. Eventually, the movie plans evolved into the TV series that is now in the works for HBO.
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will develop The last of us with the writer and creative director of the original game Neil Druckmann. The two will also executive produce with Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog president Evan Wells, and Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions. Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode. It’s not clear yet when the series will hit HBO. This news was first reported by Deadline.
Topics: The Last of Us, video games