HBO takes on “The Last of Us” with a series headlined by the “Chernobyl” creator. Suffice to say that the project is really inspiring! As shooting has begun, we learn that an actress seen in “Euphoria” has just joined the cast.
The Last of Us : HBO adapts the famous video game
We know the refrain about the disappointment caused by the various adaptations of video games. But, we gladly place our trust in HBO not to disappoint us with The Last of Us. On paper, the channel gives itself the means to produce a result that meets expectations. Craig Mazin, known for Chernobyl, is working on the project with Neil Druckmann, the creator of the game. In front of the camera, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey landed the lead roles. And it is said that the budget per episode would be at least $10 million. These indicators make you want to believe it, especially since HBO does not have the habit of missing out in normal times.
If you don’t know The Last of Us, the two games take place in a post-apocalyptic world populated by zombies. The survivors try to continue living as they can but the dangers are multiple because some humans have fallen to the dark side. The player accompanies Joel, a man who takes young Ellie under his protection. If the universe does not revolutionize the post-apo genre, the relationship between the main characters and their respective characterizations have a lot to do with the beauty of the games. We hope that the series will be able to do something good with it. According to Neil Druckmann, expect a program that will combine fidelity and, sometimes, originality.
A new recruit for the series
Filming is taking place at the time of this writing, on the Canadian side. This does not prevent a new recruit from joining the cast. Deadline teaches us that Storm Reid has been cast as Riley Abel.
This orphan is mentioned in The Last of Us and then had an appearance in the DLC left-behind. She is a friend of Ellie before she met Joel. We therefore assume that she will probably be present in scenes that will evoke the past of the young heroine. Storm Reid is already known at HBO sinceshe plays the role of Gia, Rue’s sister, in Euphoria. We also saw it in The Suicide Squad, Invisible Man or in 12 Years a Slave when she was younger.
The Last of Us does not yet have an announced release date. An arrival at the end of the current year remains a possibility, but it could as well take place in 2023.