HBO has partnered with PlayStation Productions and Naughty Dog to transform The Last of Us into a big budget TV series, and Unbelievable actress Kaitlyn Dever has admitted she’d “love” to play Ellie in the show. The actress is no stranger to Sony’s games, having previously portrayed Cassie Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, so she already has a relationship with creator Neil Druckmann.
“I am a huge fan of the game. I think it is a beautiful story… It’s just a wonderful narrative and I fell in love with that game when it came out,” she told Collider, speaking prior to the release of The Last of Us: Part II. “I played it with my Dad, and we just had the best time. I’m not very good at it, my aim is really bad, but I’m working on getting better. I love The Last of Us, I think it’s a great game.”
She continued: “Neil Druckmann, I worked with him on Uncharted 4 and I think he’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met, and one of the sweetest. And I’m not shutting it down – y’know, I would absolutely love to do that. But I don’t know where it’s at yet.” She added that she reckons Australian actor Hugh Jackman would be a great fit for the role of Joel.
Work is continuing in earnest on the TV show, and while no casting decisions have been announced, we know that Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin and composer Gutavo Santaolalla have both signed up to work on the project. Who do you think would be a good fit for Ellie? Make your casting decision in the comments section below.
I've no idea who she is but she certainly looks the part
I'm hoping the TV Show isn't a Joel & Ellie tale.
That said, Kaitlyn Dever is brilliant and, if chosen, I'd be happy with her as Ellie, but I personally think she'd come across as too old for a 14y.o.
Unbelievable is a great miniseries !
@Alex_Bevan They'd have to get started fairly soon, but I think she could pull it off.
@Alex_Bevan Yeah, she's 10 years older than Ellie in Part 1. Only a few years off being twice her age. Does generally look the part, though.
I would love if they filmed it about grown up Ellie with flashbacks to the first game. I'd cast Kristen Stewart as Ellie.
@Matroska @get2sammyb She's petite so it'd probably be fine and like I said, she'd be a brilliant choice.
Adaptation. I wouldn't be surprised if they made Ellie black and Joel a woman.
She would be a great choice, I swear that at some points even her voice seems similar to Ashley's.
She kind of looks the part, but she’s too old to play 14 year old Ellie and too petite to play 19 year old Ellie (if they get around to adapting Part II).
I don’t envy whomever has to cast this show. I’d prefer it if they just did a high quality animated series with the same voice actors (ideally for another network as HBO can’t really be trusted not to ***** it up).
Hopefully HBO will at least finally adopt 4K HDR, which they’ve been stubbornly and foolishly lagging behind on. It would be great if any low-light scenes are actually watchable. It’ll be kind of ironic if the live-action adaptation ends up being visually inferior to the games.
@1_W1NG3D_4NG3L was thinking this when i watched Warrior Nun!
"Hopefully HBO will at least finally adopt 4K HDR"
Ad Astra looks like garbage on it. It is 2020, black should have no banding... and a star burst should not be yellow mud 🤦♂️.
No idea what they are waiting for.
Id be behind this casting. I am actually really excited about this show. It could be great.
I hope there is a role for Ashley and Troy in the show, even if they can't play Joel and Ellie
Ms. Dever is such a fantastic actress. She has put forward great performances in a lot of fantastic things, including Justified. Season 2 of that show is one of the best seasons of television ever, and her work is a big reason why.
She would be great as Ellie!
Kaitlyn is a fantastic young actress who I believe is really gonna go places. I think I first saw her in US sitcom Last Man Standing, but also in the indie film Short Term 12, and the excellent Booksmart. She would be a great choice to play Ellie.
She was great in Justified, she’d totally suit it to be honest.
I wonder if she'd be still up for it after finishing the second game.
@Scollurio Nice dog whistle.
For me, that's a no brainer: Ellen Paige would be an amazing Ellie. She looks like her, acts like her, sounds like her, and she seems like a great fit to me.
@UkeArie Ellen page is 33 years old bro, she in no way can play Ellie.
Lulu Wilson from the movie Becky. She should play Ellie. She's a total badass in the movie and reminded me a lot of Ellie. Check it out and tell me I'm wrong. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5157662/
@1_W1NG3D_4NG3L good call!
@ApostateMage troll much? 🤡
I read that as Kaitlyn Jenner and was confused as hell
@randomrun I'd really want to know, since she obviously loved the first one for the first reasons I did and none of that is in the second. I wish they find a nice cast for the TV show, preferably lesser known actors to give them a chance to break into the business. I also hope it will do well for everyone involved, but I don't think it's for me.
@UkeArie While Page still looks cute, she's too old.
@Alex_Bevan did you play the game?
A TV show that people already know the whole storyline and endling? Good luck with that.
@1_W1NG3D_4NG3L That is exactly what I thought after watching Warrior Nun, "This chick is Ellie in every way."
@Sammerine It cant be any worse than the resident evil movies, people knew the story and the ending to those and it’s hard to say for sure if they even belong under the same franchise tag.
@UkeArie Ellen Page was not happy with Naughty Dog when The Last of Us released: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-24-actress-ellen-page-accuses-naughty-dog-of-ripping-off-her-likeness-for-the-last-of-us
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