The Last of Us’ Jeffrey Wright talks reprising his video game role for Season 2

The Last of Us’ Jeffrey Wright talks reprising his video game role for Season 2
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Tom Chapman

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5th Feb 2024 13:12

Jeffrey Wright is one of those unsung actors who is brilliant in everything he's in but often gets forgotten. With roles in everything from the James Bond movies to The Hunger Games, Wright also ruled it over Westworld, voiced the Watcher in Marvel's What If....? and starred alongside Robert Pattinson as The Batman's Jim Gordon.

Away from treading the boards on the small and silver screen, Wright has also lent his signature vocals to Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II. With the 2020 game currently being adapted for HBO's live-action The Last of Us Season 2, fans are asking whether Wright could reprise his role as Isaac Dixon.

Jeffrey Wright discusses The Last of Us Season 2

Jeffrey Wright as Isaac Dixon in The Last of Us Part 2
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Some stars are just so good in their roles, they're meant to return. The Last of Us Season 1 was no stranger to returning talent, and while they didn't play their original roles, Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and Jeffrey Pierce all appeared. There was also the notable inclusion of Merle Dandridge reprising her part as Marlene.

GamesRadar asked Wright whether he'd be willing to return as Dixon, prompting a cryptic, "Anything is possible. We shall see." Wright would be in good company, with Season 2 having added Kaitlyn Dever Isabela Merced, and Young Mazino as Abby, Dina, and Jesse. There's also Home Alone legend Catherine O'Hara in an unspecified guest role.

In The Last of Us Part 2, Isaac Dixon was a no-nonsense former marine who ended up as leader of the Washington Liberation Front (WLF). Serving as a secondary antagonist of Abby's story, the fact that Isaac appears later in the game suggests he wouldn't appear in Season 2, but at least he's open to the idea. 

The Last of Us Part 2 tipped for multi-season arc

Abby and Bella Ramsey's Ellie in The Last of Us
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While the SAG-AFTRA strikes of 2023 ground The Last of Us Season 2 to a halt, the good news is that we likely have many years of story left to tell. Season 2 is due to debut in 2025, with Part 2 potentially being spun out over three seasons. 

Showrunner Craig Mazin previously said between three and five seasons is the general plan, with four being his magic number. We also know the series won't go beyond the events of the games, meaning once they've got to THAT climactic beach battle, the credits will likely roll.

Still, remembering those whispers of The Last of Us Part 3, there could be more to the story. The positives of an extended wait between seasons means that by the time we get to a potential Season 4, there might be a third game to adapt. Bring on The Last of Us Season 7. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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