The TV adaptation of The Last of Us has changed its casting of Bill, a character from the original game who fortifies an entire town with explosives. Previously announced to be played by Con O'Neill, it will now be Nick Offerman playing this role. Offerman is perhaps best known as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation, but he has also appeared in 22 Jump Street and lent his voice to a number of animated films including Sing and The Lego Movie.
Variety first shared the news, with Naughty Dog following up on Twitter to share how "stoked" the developer is to see the actor bring Bill to life on TV screens.
As previously mentioned, Chernobyl actor Con O'Neill was originally supposed to be playing Bill, but scheduling conflicts forced him to bow out. Filming is all hands on deck, though, as bits and pieces from the set have been shared by fans across social media. Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie, has said the sets are like "walking into the game," which can only be a good thing.
I like Con O’Neill a lot but I think this is probably an even better bit of casting!
I'll save my judgement until I've seen it.
I tried to watch Parks and Recreation. Pretty terrible. I made it through less of that than Community. Maybe I'll see more than 20 minutes of him this time lol
@Jayofmaya The first season of Parks and Rec is garbage but it gets really great once Adam Scott and Rob Lowe join!
I actually love this casting. I think Nick can really pull this off. I just wish I felt the same about the rest of the cast.
@nessisonett You forgot Paul Rudd!
@Jayofmaya I actually liked Ron Swanson as a character quite a bit but if you want to see Nick Offerman in something more serious, try Devs.
@Voltan second this, Devs is amazing.
@Jayofmaya Most first seasons of a show are mediocre. The Office US did not have a great first season, but after that, the series was spectacular.
Same with Parks and Rec. First season isn't great, but if you're willing to stick around (or skip the first season), you'll be sure to enjoy the series.
@Cherip-the-Ripper Then I...third it?
It's not for everyone, but if you enjoy amazing visuals and sound and can bear a slow going plot - it's a treat. Kinda like Too Old to Die Young, or anything by Winding Refn I guess...
Not a bad choice. Will be interesting how they handle bill and how much screen time and episodes will have him in it considering he isn't in the game much.
@Jayofmaya Give it another chance but skip Season 1. The rest is liquid gold.
I'd listen to Offerman's dulcet tones say anything at anytime.
Man with beard cast to play man with beard
@Jayofmaya As others have said, the first season sucked, but I've always thought Nick Offerman was pretty good regardless. I never tried it after the first season, but I've wanted to. Just never really had the time to sit down and give it a real shot again.
I think this will end up being a pretty good trade off for casting.
Like him as an actor, not so much as a person. I think he will be a good Bill though.i have pretty high expectations for this show, hopefully it can live up to them.
Also, Parks was great but the first 5 or so episode were pretty rough. They really flipped a switch in the second season though. And Ron was always great.
@PhantomMenace84 What’s he done?
@PhantomMenace84 Man, I absolutely dig him as a person as well. I suppose I can see if your political ideas don't line up, but I find him an absolute joy.
@PhantomMenace84 Whoa what's he done? God he's not a hardcore conservative is he?
He shows his dramatic range in Devs and Hearts Beat Loud so his casting is awesome news.
I mean, I’m sure Offerman will be great. But W.Earl Brown, who is a great actor and voiced the character in TLOU is sitting right there waiting to be cast.....
I wonder if a bunch of toxic man babies will send death threats to the producers because they don’t like the casting.
There also might be (heaven forbid) some queer characters too… better get out the pitch forks, losers.
Offerman has one of the best voices around.
@JB_Whiting From what I’ve found after reading that comment, he’s the opposite. Seems he sh*ts all over libertarianism and I can’t imagine finding that offensive unless you have a monogrammed gun holster or something.
You never really know how casting will turn out so wish them all the best and hope its a great show.
@Jayofmaya I gave it a try because I really enjoyed the American version of the office but that parks & recreation I just found boring
@JB_Whiting @nessisonett has nothing to do with his views per se, more so how he goes about things. He is pretty hypocritical, kind of a do as I say not as I do and he seems to be a real a*s to anyone who has different views than he does. If you want to learn more about him, just read his book.
Obviously I don't know the man so I could be wrong, but I don't love who he is from what I have heard/read. But I do love a lot of his work in acting..
Great bit of casting! I'm more and more hyped for this the more I hear about it.
Couldn't want to watch this show less. The Last of Us is miserable and this show will probably be a bad version of that.
Don't know him, but if he grows his hair a little, he looks believable as Bill.
@KilloWertz @HotGoomba @Voltan @nessisonett @Deadhunter With so many recommendations I suppose I have to! Lol
I'll probably do the first season on the next hangover day and then continue after that haha
Great casting choice, looking forward to the show!
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