The Last Of Us TV Show: Release Date, Cast, Story
Cinematic adaptations of video game properties haven’t always fared well, but The Last Of Us TV show is hoping to buck that trend. The record-breaking franchise from Naughty Dog has become both the most critically appraised and divisive video game property of the last decade, and now it’s heading to the small screen in the form of the HBO television series.
With some superb names attached and the potential to tell its story across multiple seasons, here's everything you need to know about The Last Of Us TV show, including its cast, release date, story and more.
What Is The Last Of Us TV Show?
For those unfamiliar with The Last Of Us video game series, it’s a character-driven narrative set 20 years into a fungal post-apocalypse. Joel is tasked with smuggling a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, across America in hopes of developing a cure for a zombie-like infection called Cordyceps. The video game saw players control Joel as they fought their way through both infected and bandits. The two form a father/daughter relationship as they progress through their journey.
It quickly became one of the highest rated video games ever when it launched in 2013. It was followed by its sequel The Last Of Us Part 2 in 2020, which was well reviewed by critics but proved controversial to some fans. The Last Of Us TV show aims to bring that video game experience to the small screen.
The Last Of Us TV Show Release Date
The Last Of Us TV show release date is likely some time away. The show is currently in production in Calgary, Canada, and is scheduled to last until June 2022. We know that the first episode has finished production, as per director Kantemir Balagov’s Instagram post. However, HBO has ordered a 10 episode series.
While the typical turnaround of HBO shows would usually mean we’d be seeing The Last Of Us TV show sometime this year, the pandemic likely means it won’t arrive until at least 2023. The Last Of Us TV show will be released on HBO in the USA, which usually translates to Sky/NOW TV in the UK.
The Last of Us TV Show Cast
Game of Thrones fans will be happy to hear that two of the fantasy show’s alumni will take on the lead roles of Joel and Ellie in The Last Of Us TV show. Pedro Pascal, who can be seen in series such as The Mandalorian and films like Wonder Woman ‘84, will play Joel. And bringing the boisterous teen to life is Bella Ramsey, who is best known for her role as the fan-favourite Lyanna Mormont in the final season of Game of Thrones.
Outside of Joel and Ellie in The Last Of Us TV show, Gabriel Luna of Agents of Shield fame has been cast as Joel’s brother Tommy. Tommy featured sparingly in the original game, however was a far more prominent figure in its sequel The Last Of Us Part 2.
Additionally, Anna Torv from Netflix’s Mindhunter will take on the role of Tess, Joel’s partner in crime with a hint towards some form of romantic relationship. Fans are mostly hoping that like the video game, this won’t be a focal point of The Last Of Us TV show.
Returning from the video game, Merle Dandrige will reprise her role as Marlene, hinting at the presence of the Fireflies in The Last of Us TV show. She’s not the only person returning from the video game showing up here. Jeffrey Pierce, who voiced Tommy originally, will play a mysterious character named Perry “that has huge implications for things that did occur in the game”.
We’ve also had confirmation that Murray Bartlett will play Frank and Nico Parker will take on the role of Sarah, Joel’s daughter. The latter confirms that we’ll be seeing the heart-breaking prologue from the first game, especially after seeing this shot from Luna’s Instagram.
Importantly, the network is also looking to cast Riley, who is integral to the story, as Ellie's girlfriend in the Left Behind DLC.
The Last of Us TV Show Story
Story details on The Last Of Us TV show are relatively light, despite knowing a lot about the show itself. Neil Druckmann, a writer on the show and creative director of the original games, claimed that the TV show script will “deviate greatly in some episodes”. From the show’s synopsis however, it seems as though the base narrative will remain. The synopsis states:
“Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across post-pandemic America.”
Pairing this up with some of the casting we can assume that we’ll see familiar locales like Bill’s Town and Joel’s Miller’s home pre-pandemic. We know from the co-writer Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) that The Last Of Us TV show will include segments that were cut from the original game. This means that even long-term fans will find something new from the show.
That's everything we know about The Last Of Us TV show so far, but we'll update this page when more information becomes available.