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The Last Of Us HBO Release Date in 2023
We don't have an exact release date for The Last of Us series just yet, but HBO has now said we shouldn't expect the show to hit our screens until 2023.
"It's closer to early 2023," HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter(opens in new tab) of a release window. That backs up his previous comments made to Deadline(opens in new tab): "It's not going to air in 2022 – they are still shooting in Canada. I imagine you will see it in '23." That's despite previous director posts and other whispers pointing to 2022.
As of June 2022, filming wrapped in Canada after a 13-month shoot that began in April of 2021 and turned Calgary, Alberta into a (temporary) dystopian nightmare. This still puts on track for a 2023 release date.
The Last of Us TV show cast
The Last of Us TV show has its Joel – The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal, AKA television's favorite dad, will be taking on the series' lead male role and Troy Baker, the actor behind Joel in the video game, has given the casting decision his seal of approval. "This IS the way. Full support. Full stop. Can't wait for you to show me a side of Joel I never knew, Pedro," he posted on Instagram.
The actor has revealed he hasn't played the video games – but have no fear, it's for a good reason. "I found Joel so impressive – I found the whole of it such a visually impressive experience. And then I got worried that I would want to imitate too much, which I think could be right in some circumstances, and then a mistake in others. So I just wanted to create a healthy distance, and for that to be more in the hands of [show co-writer] Craig Mazin and [game director and show co-writer] Neil Druckmann."
Pascal will be joined by fellow Game of Thrones alumni Bella Ramsey as Ellie, which seems an ideal fit. With her role as the fan-favorite Lady Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, Ramsey has already proven herself more than capable of playing a fierce, confident, show-stealing character.
The first look at their pair of leads was released as part of the franchise's Outbreak Day celebrations (see below), while a second image of the pair was released as part of Summer Game Fest 2022 (see above).
Gabriel Luna will play Tommy, Joel's younger brother. Luna's previous roles include parts in Terminator: Dark Fate, True Detective, and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
Meanwhile, Merle Dandridge will play The Fireflies leader Marlene – Dandridge also played the role in the video game. It's thanks to Marlene that Joel and Ellie meet each other.
Nico Parker, will play Joel's daughter, Sarah. Parker's breakout role was as Milly Farrier in Tim Burton's 2019 reimagining of Dumbo. You might've also seen her in the 2020 HBO series The Third Day, in which she played Ellie (not that Ellie) in three episodes.
Nick Offerman will play Bill (replacing Con O'Neill due to a scheduling conflict) and Murray Bartlett is set to play Frank. The pair are described in Deadline(opens in new tab) as "two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town." Tommy's voice actor from the games, Jeffrey Pierce, will play an original character by the name of Perry.
Anna Torv will be playing Tess, Joel's friend and fellow smuggler who helped Joel and Ellie get to the Fireflies. Tess will be a recurring character in the series, so expect her to play a major role in more than one episode. Storm Reid will play Riley, hinting that the show will adapt parts of the Left Behind DLC.
One mysterious character, by the name of Mr. Adler, will be played by Brad Leland. Joel and Ellie's game actors, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, will also appear in undisclosed roles.
Per IGN(opens in new tab), Lamar Johnson will play Henry, while Kevionn Woodard will play his brother Sam. Joel and Ellie meet the brothers in Pittsburgh in the game, but will encounter them hiding from vengeful revolutionaries in Kansas City in the show. Meanwhile, Elaine Miles and Graham Greene will play new characters Florence and Marlon.
As for the other roles, Neil Druckmann has listed a large chunk on Twitter. Maria is there, as is a redacted character with four letters – which very well could be *mild spoilers for The Last of Us 2* Abby, a member of the WLF and one of the main characters in the sequel.