The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal will play Joel in the adaptation of the HBO television series of The last of us. Pascal’s casting comes just hours after the announcement of the Game of thrones Bella Ramsey co-stars on the series as Ellie, the teenager Joel takes care of in the original video game. Like Ramsey, Pascal has also previously been featured on Game of thrones, although he had already left the series before Ramsey’s debut.
Pascal gets the role of Joel in The last of us also follows rumors that Moonlight The star Mahershala Ali was offered the role. Apparently, Ali had “circled the role” before Pascal’s casting, but a deal never materialized. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hugh Jackman were other names who proposed to fans to do their own fantastic cast online, but given Pascal’s popularity, fans will likely adopt The Mandalorian star in the role.
Before assuming his popular role in The Mandalorian, Pascal broke out as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of Game of thrones. He also recently appeared in the comic book film Wonder Woman 1984 as villain, Max Lord, and just cast in Judd Apatow’s upcoming pandemic-themed comedy film. Word is the actor who was just made available for a new series, and with several great offers from various networks and streamers to come, Pascal was most intrigued by The last of us.
In The last of us, Joel is a hardened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by zombie-like creatures. 20 years after the End of the World, Joel is hired to smuggle a teenage girl named Ellie (Ramsey) out of a quarantine zone while staying away from looters and other dangers. What starts off as a small job “soon becomes a brutal and heart-wrenching journey, as they both have to cross the United States and depend on each other for survival.”
The original video game version of The last of us is one of the most popular console games of recent years. It was a quick hit when it was first released in 2013, selling millions of copies and winning multiple Game of the Year awards. Last year, the sequel The Last of Us Part II would also be published with equally incredible success. Selling over four million units on its release weekend, the next title holds the record for most Game of the Year awards.
Based on the popularity of the game, plans were made to create a live-action version of The last of us for years. In 2014, Sony announced a film adaptation to be produced by Sam Raimi. Oddly enough, this version could have put in yet another Game of thrones alum, as Maisie Williams had expressed interest in playing Ellie for the project. Ultimately, the plans for the film evolved into the TV series that is now in the works for HBO.
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will develop The last of us with original game writer and creative director Neil Druckmann. The two will also produce with Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells, and Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions. Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode. It is not yet known when the series will arrive on HBO. This news was first reported by Deadline.
Topics: The Last of Us, Video games