Any gamer will tell you that The Last Of Us is not only a huge achievement in creating an immersive world, but its captivating story made it a one of the best (and most addictive) games in recent memory. The movie adaptation was at first greeted with groans, those groans soon changed to a slightly less dismissive sound when Neil Druckmann (who wrote the script for the game) was onboard to draft the movie screenplay.
One of the first names mentioned to take on the roll of Ellie was Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams, a Comic Con announcement confirmed she was ‘in talks’ but after that everything went a little bit silent. A recent interview with Flicks In the City reveals that Williams is still very interested in the role;
"I had a lunch a little while ago and we spoke about the possibility of me playing Ellie and that's really exciting and I would absolutely love too. It kind of all came about on Twitter a long time ago. The power of Twitter still never ceases to amaze me. I went to a lunch and we spoke a little bit about it, and then they announced at Comic-Con that we had spoken about it, and since then in like every interview people have been asking me about it.
Honestly I would love to and I think they would love me to play Ellie also, and that's where it is at the moment. There's no script, no director, it's still very early days for the whole project, but if it all goes ahead soon enough I think, yeah, I would love to.”
I’ve clocked up quite a few hours (weeks) on The Last Of Us and Maisie Williams is a great choice, her work on Game Of Thrones makes her more than qualified for the role. Sam Raimi is producing the movie version through his Ghost House Pictures production company, there’s still no director attached or a potential release date. Hopefully as they are taking their time to develop the script, there’s a strong chance this could be the one of the best movies based on a video game. A valid argument could be made for the need for a film version as the game was just as cinematic, gripping, heart-breaking and nerve shredding.