The Last of Us is being adapted into a television series, thanks to a partnership between PlayStation Productions and HBO. With filming having just started this month, it's still a ways off, but with the talent attached to the project, it should be pretty good once it finally arrives.
We know who will be playing most of the main characters by now: The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal plays Joel, Bella Ramsey will be Ellie, and the role of Marlene is being reprised by Merle Dandridge. Some of the supporting cast have also been, er, cast too, and today, we've learned of three more actors joining the ensemble (thanks, Deadline).
Jeffrey Pierce, who voiced Tommy in the game, makes a return, but not as Joel's brother; he'll instead be playing someone named Perry. Then there's Con O'Neill who will take on the role of Bill, a man who has fortified an entire town in which he lives alone. Lastly, Murray Bartlett has been cast as Frank, Bill's partner. Of course, in the game, we don't get to meet this character, so it appears this will be one branch off the main story that'll be explored in more detail during the series. We're intrigued to learn more about Perry, who appears to be an all-new character for the show.
What do you think of these new additions to the lineup? Are you looking forward to The Last of Us HBO series? Watch out for tripwires in the comments section below.
Con O’Neill’s a decent actor, seen him in plenty over the years over here. Bill’s arc is a highlight of the game so hopefully they pull it off in the show.
Perry the Platypus?
Love that scene where Ellie jokes about the pages being stuck together whilst reading Bill's jazz magazine. Joel's face is priceless.
Can't wait for this. Really interested to see how this series could intertwine with future games to come.
@nessisonett - He was in Chernobyl, he was that whiny Plant Director that kept turning a blind eye to the incident.
@JustPlainLoco Yeah, I forgot he was in Chernobyl. To be honest, that show bored me and my mum to tears but I do remember him in it. Mostly I just remember Trevor from Eastenders’ dong. Which is seared into my memory.
Now we just need to know who will be playing the brothers; Henry & Sam, creepy cannibal David & lackey James & Tommy's wife.
So excited for this—I believe in you Last of Us cast X HBO!
@JustPlainLoco Tommy’s played by Gabriel Luna!
@nessisonett - Aw it's a shame you didn't like Chernobyl, me and my Mum watched it and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but we tend to like those types of shows / movies that depict real-life events like Argo & Patriots Day. Then again Chernobyl had very slow pacing, and it doesn't take til episode 3 for it to really pick up speed and get good, but I understand Chernobyl ain't for everyone.
@nessisonett - Oh yeah you're right, I wasn't aware he had already been casted.
I just hope the back-and-forth between Ellie & Bill is as funny as it was in the game, I absolutely loved the dynamic those two had.
Ellie: Why not use one of these cars?
Bill: Oh my god you're a genius! This whole time why didn't I ever think of using one of THESE cars?
Ellie: Ooookay don't be a dick
@nessisonett It was a little too exaggerated for my liking. Almost like watching a Netflix docuseries. I did enjoy it though as a heavily dramatised retelling of a real world event.
Would have been much better with Ukrainian speaking actors and subtitles.
My excitement for this series wore off some time ago now but I admit to liking the idea of fleshing out the Bill/Frank relationship a little more. Probably makes for better drama than sneaking through endless backyards and alleyways.
@zupertramp It would be funny if they just walked into suspiciously spacious rooms with conveniently placed boxes once an episode.
@nessisonett I'm sorry that's forever seared into your brain. The way you put it got me though😂😂😂
I'm super stoked about this coming out! I'm being cautiously optimistic though...I REALLY hope it's good!
@JustPlainLoco Chernobyl was awesome
Sony is obsessed with making games like movies. But their movies are actually crap. Games are so much more than a movie. I wish they dedicated that much energy to making MORE games. One game per semester is not cutting it. I didn't buy a PS to watch tv.
@Oscarjpc You realise the people making this are not people who would otherwise be making a game, right?
Little disappointed they didn't get W. Earl Brown to reprise Bill. He was perfect. I wonder why.
@nessisonett thing is, that's actually just the normal amount of space here in the states. Especially the mid and south West. I used to live half hour away from a public library housed in what was once a Walmart supercenter.
@Kristos I had no idea he was Bill to be honest. That’s proper cool, I loved him in Deadwood.
Nobody has commented on it being weird that Marlene is playing Marlene but Tommy isn’t playing Tommy?
@Kristos I came to post this. I’m sure Mr. O’Neil will do fine, but when you have a chance to cast W.Earl (Dan Dority)Brown, you do it! Especially when he already played the role perfectly once.
I'm glad they seem to be fleshing out Bill's story. He was by far the best NPC in the game for me and the entirety of Bill's Town was a real highlight of TLoU.
Shame that W. Earl Brown won't be reprising the role but I can see Con O'Neill doing a good job.
@peppermillian Troy baker is not Joel in terms of looks. He’s said before how he turned upto the first casting looking super skinny with freshly bleached over worked hair and a bright Hawaiian style (I think) shirt like he had stepped right off a Cali beach - the complete antithesis of Joel - and they initially dismissed him. (He wasn’t AS big or as well known then)
He had to fight tooth and nail to convince them he could play Joel as a voice actor which he did admirably. Troy is a wonderful actor but his looks are against him for this role
I've always said that for me, The Last of Us had a fantastic story coupled to a shallow/boring game, so it would work perfectly as a movie. Getting a TV show might be even better - more time for character development! Pretty exciting. Hope it turns out to be 7/10 or better.
@themightyant +1 for how great Troy Baker is as a voice actor. I don't rate Nolan North that much, but Troy really is talented. I think his work as Delsin Rowe in inFAMOUS: Second Son is my favourite - he strikes the tone of each line of dialogue perfectly, each time. And it's nice to play what is basically a superhero game where the superhero actually visibly and audibly enjoys themselves - Delsin whoops, hollers, salutes his fans, all kinds of things.
@zekepliskin I think Nolan is a better actor than some give credit for, his performance as David in the Last of Us was wonderfully nuanced. (SPOILERS) At the beginning not knowing who he was he possibly seemed innocent but there was always something putting my hairs a little on end, before becoming down right creepy and insane without breaking a beat.
But usually he just sounds like Nolan North!
Not knocking it! Many actors don't change their voice much from Samuel L. Jackson to Brian Blessed lol
But I agree Troy is far more versatile. The number of times I didn't know he was in a game until the credits. A real talent!
I'm finding it slightly easier to spot him now i'm a PlayWatchListen addict, i'll suddenly hear a line and think TROY! and check on imdb... and sure enough it's him... he's basically in everything
@themightyant Yeah I'm not saying Nolan isn't skilled - he wouldn't get as much work if he couldn't hang - but his performances just don't move me in the same way Troy's do. That guy just has the little something extra, that "special sauce" which makes him stand out. He's good enough that if I were casting voice talent for a TV show, even if I didn't know what I'd want him to read for, I'd want Troy Baker to be sent a copy of that script. I expect given his range he could probably do several voices, like they used to do on The Simpsons before woke agendas suddenly decided only black actors can voice black characters and so forth - not to get too deep into it but I'm of Jewish origin and I really wouldn't care if a black actor played a Jewish character as long as the voice acting itself was good.
@get2sammyb Do You relize that I never said they were the same people, right? But it is the same corporation, and , lo and behold, the money invested in those projects could fund more games! you don't need to be very bright to realize that, do you?
2022 release if everything goes smoothly, right? It would be unfortunate if the show didn't drop until 2023 or later.
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