The Last of Us is almost here, as HBO brings the iconic gaming franchise to life. While they originally planned for it to be a film adaptation, Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin ended up becoming an important part of pushing it toward a full-on HBO series. Now, we’re about to see Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey bring the iconic roles of Joel and Ellie to life. Surprisingly though, it seems that actress Ramsey was hesitant to take on the role.
I seriously considered that maybe I don’t want to be famous so I’m not going to do this show because it’s going to propel me to a place I don’t want to go to in terms of being seen and being known. I like to blend in and hide.Bella Ramsey
Yet, it seems that Neil Druckmann, the creator of the original game series, instantly saw Ellie in her, which led to her getting the role for the HBO adaptation within a short period of time.
Bella felt so real. It was like Ellie realized in live action. It didn’t feel like watching an actor.Neil Druckmann
We still have a little time before we get to see what Druckmann saw, but the teasers and trailers have been promising. She has the same energy that the character had in the original game, but she also has proven to have the range that may lead to an adaptation of the second season as well.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter