The live-action adaptation of the award-winning The Last Of Us video game is getting ever closer to the small screen.
Three additions to the cast of the HBO series were announced this week, as reported by Deadline. Jeffrey Pierce (who has voiced Tommy in the game), Murray Bartlett and Con O’Neill have signed on for the show.
Pierce will play Perry, a rebel in the quarantine zone; and Bartlett and O’Neill will guest-star as Frank and Bill, respectively, two post-pandemic survivalists living in an isolated town.
The trio of actors joins Pedro Pascal (as Joel), Bella Ramsey (as Ellie), Gabriel Luna (as Tommy), Merle Dandridge (as Marlene, head of the Fireflies) and Nico Parker (as Joel’s daughter Sarah).
The adaptation, as explained, is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie “out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey–as they must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”
The series–a co-production of Sony Pictures TV, PlayStation, Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Naughty Dog, the video game publisher–is directed by Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi. Neil Druckmann–the writer and creative director of the video game franchise–and Craig Mazin are handling the scripting chores.
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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