Another soul has been added in the struggle against a post-apocalyptic world.
The Last of Us–the upcoming HBO adaptation of the award-winning video game series from Naughty Dog–this week added to its growing cast, according to a report on Deadline.
The 10-episode first season–expected to wrap shooting this summer for a debut on HBO later this year–has welcomed Storm Reid (Euphoria) to the cast in the role of Riley Abel, “an orphaned girl growing up in post-apocalyptic Boston who has survived with her best friend Ellie.”
Ellie will be played by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones), who stars alongside Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), who plays Joel. The cast is rounded out by Gabriel Luna (as Joel’s brother Tommy), Merle Dandridge (as Fireflies leader Marlene), Anna Torv, Jeffrey Pierce, Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett, Nico Parker and Con O’Neill.
The Last of Us–developed by Craig Mazin, with Neil Druckmann (creative director of the video game franchise) as executive producer–is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. In this landscape, Joel is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of “an oppressive quarantine zone,” according to the official synopsis. “What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode, with Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi helming other episodes.
The original The Last of Us video game–which won several Game of the Year Awards–has sold more than 17 million units since its 2013 launch.
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