HBO and PlayStation Productions' TV adaptation of The Last of Us has recruited another actor, this time for the role of Tommy. Joel's younger brother will be played by Gabriel Luna, who is best known for his work in Terminator: Dark Fate and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is, of course, joined by Pedro Pascal as Joel himself alongside Bella Ramsey as Ellie. It was the Variety outlet that initially broke the news, then confirmed by Naughty Dog a short time later.
Gabriel Luna shared his initial thoughts on being recruited for the show on Twitter, saying: "Proud to join Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann, Carolyn Strauss and the folks at HBO on The Last of Us. I have so much love for the work done by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey and I’m excited to go on this adventure with them as Tommy." Naughty Dog also welcomed the news on the social media site, as seen below.
Besides these casting additions, we know that The Last of Us starts shooting in July and will wrap 11 months later at the start of June 2022. The TV series will cover the entirety of the first game, but it shall deviate in places. Last month, Neil Druckmann said: "Things sometimes stay pretty close. It’s funny to see my dialogue there from the games in HBO scripts. And sometimes they deviate greatly to much better effect because we are dealing with a different medium. Some of my favourite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them."
However, despite those changes, Druckmann insisted that "the philosophical underpinnings of the story" will be retained for the TV adaptation. Do you think Gabriel Luna is a good addition to the cast? Let us know in the comments below.