The Last of Us video game was released in 2013 to unbelievably good reviews. Taking place in 2033, 20 years after a highly contagious fungus almost wipes out the entire population of the United States, it follows Joel, a man that lost his daughter when the outbreak first began, living his life with no real purpose until faced with the possibility of a cure. He then has to lead a young girl, Ellie, said to be immune, across the country in hopes of finding someone who can develop a vaccine from her unique set of antibodies.
In March 2020, it was announced that HBO was planning a TV show based on the events of the first and possibly second game of the series, and later that same year it was announced that the project had been officially picked up for a full season. A year later, we are getting confirmation of the series’ premiere date, which, according to the official HBO Max website/app, will take place on January 15, 2023.
The Last of Us will feature Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian), Bella Ramsay (Game of Thrones), Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Terminator: Dark Fate), Nico Parker (Dumbo), Ana Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Devs) among others. Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla is set to compose the score of the series, after being the one to score both the original game and its sequel. Neil Druckman, who directed both games, will also return to The Last of Us‘ world to write the entirety of the first season, alongside Craig Mazin, which will consist of ten episodes.