Update: It's been confirmed that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal has been cast as Joel in The Last of Us. You can read more about that through here.
Original Story: British actress Bella Ramsey has been cast as Ellie in HBO’s upcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us. The 17-year-old, originally from Nottingham, is perhaps most famous for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, although she’s also played Mildred Hubble in fantasy series The Worst Witch.
There were rumours earlier today that True Detective star Mahershala Ali had been recruited to play Joel, but The Hollywood Reporter says this isn’t true. However, according to the website he was being considered at one point, although “a deal never came to fruition”. It’s unclear whether Joel’s role has been cast behind-the-scenes, or if work is still ongoing on that front.
Either way, Ramsey is locked in now, with Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin executive producing and writing alongside series creator Neil Druckmann. How do you feel about the casting choice? Ramsey’s already won a BAFTA for her work on The Worst Witch, and is considered a bit of a rising star.