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Title: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on Feb 11, 2021 at 01:22 PM
‘The Last of Us’ HBO Series Casts Pedro Pascal as Joel, ‘Game of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey as Ellie

The upcoming “The Last of Us” series adaptation at HBO has cast Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey in the role of Ellie, Variety has confirmed.

Neil Druckmann, a writer and creative director for “The Last of Us” video game and a co-creator of the series, confirmed the news about Pascal on Twitter.

Pascal has seen great success as the star of Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian.” He also recently appeared alongside Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig as the villainous Maxwell Lord in “Wonder Woman 1984.”

Ramsey is best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in fellow HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The character Ellie is a 14-year old orphan who has never known anything but a ravaged planet. In the show, she struggles to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world.

“The Last of Us” series was first announced as being in development at the premium cabler back in March, with the show landing a formal series order in November. Based on the video game of the same name, the series takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

“Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin is attached to write and executive produce the series along with Druckmann. Kantemir Balagov is set to direct the pilot.
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: newwaveboy on Feb 11, 2021 at 02:47 PM
Read this in my phone newsfeed earlier .......... as a huge fan of TLOU, I'm on the fence with their cast choices.

Both were great at their roles in GoT, but TLOU is a different animal.

I can somehow see Bella doing Ellie, though no accents please, Ellie was a smart-arse, foul-mouthed adult trapped in a kids body. 

I like Pascal, but in TLOU Joel was about as an all-American dad as it gets.

I just hope they don't f__k this up and make a great one.
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on Apr 03, 2021 at 07:20 AM
HBO is planning to start production on their highly-anticipated live-action series adaptation of The Last of Us this coming summer on July 5 in Calgary, Alberta. Filming is expected to be wrapped next year on June 8, 2022. This comes after Game of Thrones alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were officially enlisted to portray the leading roles of Joel and Ellie, respectively.
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on Apr 16, 2021 at 10:35 AM
‘Last of Us’ Series at HBO Casts Gabriel Luna

“The Last of Us” series adaptation at HBO has added Gabriel Luna to its cast, Variety has learned.

Luna joins previously announced series leads Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who will star as Joel and Ellie respectively. Luna will star as Tommy, Joel’s younger brother, a former soldier who hasn’t lost his sense of idealism and hope for a better world.

Luna most recently starred in the 2019 film “Terminator: Dark Fate.” He is also known for his role in the Marvel-ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” on which he played Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider.
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on Apr 24, 2021 at 08:11 AM
HBO’s The Last of Us Hires Directors Jasmila Zbanic & Ali Abbasi

HBO has announced two of the directors that will helm episodes of the upcoming show based on gaming phenomenon The Last of Us. Oscar nominee Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi will help bring the PlayStation 3 game to the small screen alongside executive producers Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, who are writing the project.

Kantemir Balagov is already set to direct the pilot episode. Both he and recently hired director Ali Abbasi won the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Award in recent years. Meanwhile, Jasmila Zbanic is nominated for Best International Film at this Sunday’s Academy Awards for her work on Quo Vadis, Aida.
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on Apr 29, 2021 at 07:30 AM
The Last of Us Movie Fell Apart Due to Tacked-on Action Scenes

Famed PlayStation franchise The Last of Us was scheduled to hit the silver screen at one point not long after the first game’s release, but that project evolved into a television adaption for HBO. Original game director Neil Druckmann recently revealed why the team made the change, and it makes sense to anyone familiar with the source material. The studios behind The Last of Us movie wanted big set pieces and action, something that the creators at Naughty Dog felt wasn’t necessary to tell their story.

Originally in the works at Screen Gems and Sony in 2014, production issues were reported on widely in 2016 before the entire The Last of Us movie project fell apart. According to Druckmann on the Script Apart podcast, this was due to unnamed studio executives expecting more bombast from a video game property.

“When I worked on the movie version, a lot of the thinking and notes were like ‘how do we make it bigger? How do we make the set pieces bigger?’” Druckmann explained (transcription by IGN).

Both The Last of Us games have plenty of combat with both infected and other survivors. Still, Druckmann sees the numerous encounters as unnecessary to the story and a compromise for the sake of how games are made. In the TV world, he feels that he can still portray Joel and Ellie’s journey while dialing back on the action so it will be more like an “indie film.”
Title: Re: The Last of Us (HBO)
Post by: jas on May 28, 2021 at 07:42 AM
‘The Last of Us’ HBO Series Casts Merle Dandridge to Reprise Video Game Role

HBO’s “The Last of Us” is bringing back a cast member from the video game to reprise her role in the TV series.

Merle Dandridge, who played Marlene in “The Last of Us” game, will return to portray her in HBO’s adaptation of the beloved title. Marlene is the head of the Fireflies, a resistance movement struggling for freedom against an oppressive military regime.