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.