We’ve known for a while that HBO is developing a Last of Us TV adaption starring Pedro Pascal as Joel. Today, we finally have a trailer, and boy does it capture the theme of the video game accurately.
The critically acclaimed video game came out back in 2013, sweeping all the Game of the year awards with its first installment. Developer Naughty Dog and creator Neil Druckmann followed it up with a sequel in 2020, the reception to which has been…controversial.
For those who are not aware of the video game series, The Last of Us follows the journey of Joel (Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsay), who is traveling across America against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.
But don’t mistake it for your run-of-the-mill zombie shoot ‘em up. Instead, it tells a story of an unlikely pair, trying to survive in a highly volatile world, forming an unbreakable bond in the end. Think 2018’s God of War, but on high emotional steroids. From the trailer, it seems like the HBO adaptation will stick close to the game.
Along with the two Game of Thrones alumni Pascal and Ramsey, the show also stars Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, Anna Torv, Merle Dandrige, Nico Parker, Gabriel Luna, Jeffrey Pierce, and Murray Bartlett. As announced earlier, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker, who voiced Ellie and Joel in the games will also feature in undisclosed roles. The show will be helmed by Craig Mazin, who’s previously worked on HBO’s Chernobyl.