Well, things are a bit clearer now.
The Last of Us HBO series–based on the popular Naughty Dog video game–has been filming for the past year now with only vague hints dropped about a debut date. That day has been narrowed down somewhat now, according to a report on comicbook.com.
Kantemir Balagov–the director who helmed the pilot episode for the show–said in a recent interview that it’s his understanding that the highly anticipated series will kick off “early next year.” Sure, that’s not exactly a definite target date, but it brings it more into focus.
Balagov–who said the series is still in the production process–added that the project is very important to him, saying the video game has “a special place in my heart.”
The 10-episode first season of the series–developed and written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann–will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler tasked with escorting teenager Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across a post-apocalyptic America. Gabriel Luna will also star as ex-soldier Tommy, Joel’s kid brother.
Recurring characters include Marlene (Merle Dandridge), the head of the resistance movement known as the Fireflies; Perry (Jeffrey Pierce), a rebel in the quarantine zone; and Tess (Anna Torv), Joel’s smuggler partner.
The Last of Us video game–released for PlayStation 3 in 2013–has won multiple Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications, critics and game award ceremonies.
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