It sounds like the HBO adaptation of the video game The Last of Us will be worth the wait.
Pedro Pascal–who stars in the 10-episode first season slated for a 2023 debut–has admitted he isn’t a whiz when it comes to playing the popular game, but had great things to say about the show and its creative team during a recent interview with GQ.
Pascal–who also headlines the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian–said writers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (who also created the Naughty Dog video game) are taking a “very, very creative way of honoring what’s important and preserving what’s iconic” about the game.
The team also is doing things “you wouldn’t necessarily expect (and going in) directions you wouldn’t expect it to go,” Pascal said. “They’re doing some really smart things.” The show, he added, “is in good hands because they love it so much.”
The series, Pascal said, “is made for the people who love (the game). And there’s some very intense storytelling for people who might be less familiar with it.”
The Last of Us–directed by Kantemir Balagov, Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi–also stars Bella Ramsey, Anna Torv, Merle Dandridge, Storm Reid, Nick Offerman, Nico Parker, Gabriel Luna, Jeffrey Pierce, Con O’Neil and Murray Bartlett.
The series–set 20 years after civilization has been destroyed by a deadly virus–follows Joel (Pascal), who is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone to the Fireflies, an organization searching for a cure.
What starts out as a routine job becomes a “brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
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