Pedro Pascal has been quite busy, as not only did he recently finish work on The Mandalorian‘s third season, will appear in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent but also has been busy working on the HBO adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. He’ll take on the role of Joel and has revealed in an interview with CQ that he watched his nephew play through the game. Yet, he was worried he’d try to emulate the cahracter too much instead of giving it his own spin.
What stood out in the interview is that he mentioned that showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman, the man who created the games, have brought some impressive ideas to the table. Especially in how they may be trying to catch fans of the games off-guard so that playing the 2013 game won’t giveaway everything in the adaptation.
There’s a very, very creative way of honouring what’s important and also preserving what is iconic to the experience of the video game, and also [to include] things that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. And then directions that you would expect it to go, and it might not… they’re doing some really smart things, is all I can say.Pedro Pascal
The Last of Us franchise is no stranger to surprising its audiences, especially with the release of the second entry including some ratehr heavy sequences. It’s unclear if the series will also closely focus on the first game’s story or even incldue some references to the sequel. They could even go a completely different direction and tell a unique take that only connects with the originals through the game’s general plot.