The Last of Us is almost upon us and luckily, it means we’ll finally get to see Pedro Pascal‘s take on the iconic character of Joel. Though, as often is the case, you never know who else might’ve almost had the role to define their take on a popular character. As it turns out, The Boys and Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles was campaigning quite a bit to take on the role of Joel Miller but seemingly never truly got into the running.
I was really pushing hard, but I don’t think I was really in the mix or even had a shot at Pedro Pascal’s role in the Last Of Us. but that was high up on my radar.Jensen Ackles
Ackles is a big name but he got a second boost when he finished his work with The Boys‘ latest season. Plus, who knows if he was what they were looking for at the time, as Joel is more an older character that represents the hardship of when time passes by them and they somewhere gave up. Ackles has a lot of energy and likely might’ve not fallen into what they were looking for.
The first trailers were quite promising with the adaptation of the classic Naughty Dog gaming franchise. It would be hard to imagine Ackles in the role, but it’s a shame he didn’t get a chance to tackle a different role in the series. Perhaps they are mapping out multiple seasons and are interested in adding him after all.