What to Expect from the Future of Video Game Adaptations and When to Expect It


The Last of Us was released in 2013 with unbelievably great reviews. It takes place in 2033, 20 years after a highly contagious fungus almost wipes out the entire population of the United States. Joel, a man that lost his daughter when the outbreak first began, lives 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 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 in the series. There is still no guarantee of when production on the show will begin and even less when it will release. Even though there haven’t been any casting announcements, Joel and Ellie are sure to star, and a few other characters we already know from the games are due to make appearances.

In March, we also got confirmation that Gustavo Santaolalla was returning as the composer for the HBO series, after being the one to score both games. Being the soundtrack is such a large part of what made the games what they are, it is yet another reason why the excitement leading up to the show seems justified. In late November 2020, it was announced that the project had been officially picked up for a full season

The first major casting choices were made in February 2021 when Game of Thrones’s Bella Ramsey was cast as Ellie, just hours before Pedro Pascal (who also played a fan-favorite character in Game of Thrones) was confirmed to be playing Joel Miller. A couple of months later Gabriel Luna was confirmed to be joining the show as Tommy, Joel’s brother, with Nico Parker playing Joel’s daughter SarahAna Torv would later be cast as Tess, with Jeffrey Pierce, who voiced Tommy in the original game, joining the show as an original character named Perry.

In December 2021 it was confirmed that Nick Offerman would be joining the cast as Bill, replacing Con O’Neil who had initially been reported to be portraying the character.

In early 2022 HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys revealed that the project won’t premiere at least until 2023.


  • Pedro Pascal as Joel Miller
  • Bella Ramsey as Ellie
  • Gabriel Luna as Tommy Miller 
  • Anna Torv as Tess
  • Merle Dandridge as Marlene
  • Nico Parker as Sarah
  • Con O’Neil as Bill
  • Murray Bartlett as Frank
  • Jeffrey Pierce as Perry
  • Unknown actress as Riley
  • Unknown actress as Maria

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