The Last of Us, an upcoming HBO video game adaption series, now has a premiere date. According to the network, fans will embark on the post-apocalyptic odyssey with Joel and Ellie early the following year, in January 2023. The highly anticipated television show is based on the critically acclaimed video game by Naughty Dog that has a sizable fan base.
The Chernobyl co-writer Craig Mazin and the director of the original games, Neil Druckmann, appear to have been quite loyal to the source material based on the trailer, which is always excellent news. In the first few images from the survival drama, Pedro Pascal, a Game of Thrones alum, and Bella Ramsey both look stunning as Joel and Ellie. In the upcoming television series, Joel, a seasoned smuggler, will be tasked with getting Ellie, a 14-year-old who is humanity’s final hope, out of a strangling quarantine zone and across the US.
Although the series’ plot may be recognisable to fans, Druckman has previously stated that it will be comparable to the games but distinct from them. In the series, in addition to Pascal and Ramsey, there is Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, and Jeffrey Pierce as Perry. Along with Graham Greene as Marlon, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Elaine Miles as Florence, and Lamar Johnson as Henry. The next series will also have Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker from the game’s voice cast, who expertly portrayed Ellie and Joel.
Executive producers include Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, and Rose Lam in addition to Mazin and Druckmann. Co-producing the show is Sony Pictures Television. The Last of Us’ nine-episode first season premieres on January 15 on HBO and is streamable on HBO Max.