In 2013 first The Last of Us game was released to rave reviews and applauds from fans around the world. The game won multiple awards and sold nearly 20 million copies. The success of the game and the story within it resulted in HBO greenlighting a TV show based on the game. Now nearly a year after the series announcement we have our Joel and Ellie.
HBO started the planning process on The Last of Us in March of 2o2o. Craig Mazin was hired as the executive producer of the show. Owing to his successful outing as the creator of HBO’s hit miniseries Chernobyl, the director was tapped to helm the beloved game series’ adaptation to the small screen.
With full writing and producing team behind the show, HBO greenlit the project in November 2020. All that was left for the show to do was cast the two leading characters and we have to say HBO got it spot-on with the casting choices for the character of Joel and Ellie.
HBO Gets The Mandalorian Actor and Game of Thrones Actress to Play Joel and Ellie
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were hired to play Joel and Ellie in the HBO series The Last of Us.
Image Source: Bella Ramsey Instagram
Ending the day on a high it was first revealed that Bella Ramsey was hired to play the role of Ellie. Bella Ramsey became famous for her role as Lyanna Mormont in the HBO series Game of Thrones. From a one-off role, the actress impressed enough to become one of the beloved characters from the show.
Later it was announced that former Game of Thrones actor and Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal was hired as Joel. Pedro suffered a gruesome death in Thrones and he is winning over hearts with his performance as Din Djarin in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. He was cast as Ellie’s guide in the HBO show The Last of Us.
Bella recently appeared in the second season of His Dark Materials while Pedro is coming off a villainous turn in Wonder Woman 1984. Both of their casting in The Last of Us was met with happiness to utter jubilation among the fans of the games.
Even people who have never played the game were excited to see Bella in another HBO show. Lena Headey, also a Game of Thrones star, wrote in the comment section of Bella’s Instagram post about The Last of Us, “HUGE. And YES YES,” with a lot of fire emojis.
Similarly, Mark Ruffalo showed his support on Pedro’s Instagram page writing, “Congratulation! Love you bro!” Congratulations from all corners of the internet are coming with little to no dissension from fans. This is a really rare sight to see when casting news is announced for properties with an established fan base.
Negativity may not be present for this announcement, but memes are flooding the internet. Netflix Film Twitter account got in on the action with a little comment about Pedro playing single dad roles. He recently appeared in the Netflix movie We Can Be Heroes, playing a single dad.
The Last of Us got a lot of credit for its portrayal of the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Joel is like a father figure to Ellie. He is tasked with getting Ellie out of a quarantine zone and in their fight for survival against blood-thirsty mutant, Joel and Ellie form a deep bond.
The HBO series is rumored to be dealing with the first game and little portions of the sequel also included. While Chris has not mentioned any detail about the show, we are definitely excited to see Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey playing the roles of Joel and Ellie.
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