The long-gestating TV series adaptation of Naughty Dog's best-selling game The Last of Us has found its two leads, and it didn't have to look further than Game of Thrones to cast its Joel and Ellie. Not content with being the star of one mega-hit with The Mandolorian, Pedro Pascal has been cast as seasoned survivor Joel who is tasked with rescuing a young girl who might hold the key to a cure that has wiped out the majority of the population. Those who survive are left face a dangerous world full of terrors, both human and the nightmarish mutations that roam the lands.
After making one heck of impression as Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones, Bella Ramsey has won the sought after role of Ellie, and I think we can all agree that she is a perfect choice. If you've not played the game or its recent sequel, the highly compelling story made for an unexpectedly emotional game that frankly almost broke me in ways I didn't know was possible.
There is a strong case to be made for no adaptation could measure up to the immersive experience of playing the game, but The Last of Us series has a lot going for it, and not just the exceptional casting. Firstly, this is an HBO show which we know comes with some pretty high standards all round. The series is being written by original game writer Neil Druckmann, and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin with Beanpole director Kantemir Balagov, handling the pilot episode. Historically, video game adaptations don't tend to turn out well for a multitude of reasons. Hopefully, The Last of Us will buck that trend and be something as special as its source material. Meanwhile, you can see Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman 1984, and also in Robert Rodriguez's We Can Be Heroes which is available now on Netflix.