HBO’s The Last of Us series has, at long last, cast its Joel and Ellie.
Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian in The Mandalorian, Max Lord in Wonder Woman ’84 and Eddie in a 1999 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been cast as Joel. Meanwhile, the role of Ellie has gone to Bella Ramsey, who played the pint-sized Lady Mormont in Game of Thrones and Mildred Hubble in three seasons of The Worst Witch.
Naughty Dog have expressed their approval, though we were hoping Brian Blessed would get cast as Joel; if you want an angry, shouty man with a beard, why would you look any further?
HBO’s The Last of Us is, unsurprisingly, based on the video game of the same name, which sees a pair of post-apocalyptic survivors crossing America, bonding along the way. It’s been in development limbo for a long time and was, at one point, going to be a movie. Another Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, was also rumoured to be attached though, ultimately, nothing came of that.
Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov will be directing the pilot episode of the series, though there’s no release date as yet. We wouldn’t be surprised if, instead of finishing up Ellie and Joel’s journey in one go, HBO stretched their initial cross-country trek to a couple of seasons. Either way, we feel better about The Last of Us being a series than a movie and we’re looking forward to seeing Joel and Ellie’s journey unfold.