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The Last of Us is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic television series created and written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for HBO. Based on the 2013 video game of the same name, developed by Naughty Dog, the series will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler tasked with escorting Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a teenage girl, across a post-apocalyptic United States. Joel's younger brother and former militiaman, Tommy (Gabriel Luna), is also set to star.[1][5]

A joint production by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games, the series began filming in July 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, and is expected to end in June 2022. The first season will adapt the events of the first game and is expected to debut in 2023. Some dialogue will be lifted directly, but some episodes will "deviate greatly" from the game.[8] It will consist of ten episodes.[7] Gustavo Santaolalla will return to compose the score, reprising his role from the game.


Starring cast

Guest cast



After the film adaptation for The Last of Us entered development hell for six years and subsequently cancelled, a new television series for HBO was announced on March 6, 2020. Craig Mazin, the creator of acclaimed HBO limited series Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of the game, will executive produce the series. Evan Wells, president of Naughty Dog, and Carolyn Strauss will also be executive producers. Sony Pictures Television will co-produce the series in association with PlayStation Productions.[1]

On March 12, 2020, Druckmann announced on Twitter that The Last of Us veteran Gustavo Santaolalla will return to write the music for the series.[6]

On June 3, 2021, Eben Bolter announced that he will serve as the director of photography for the series.[22]


On February 10, 2021, it was reported that Bella Ramsey was cast as Ellie in the series.[2] Pedro Pascal was also cast as the series' Joel.[9] The pair had already starred together in HBO's Game of Thrones, though this will be the first time they will share scenes together.[2]

On April 15, 2021, it was reported that Gabriel Luna was cast as Tommy in the series.[10]

On May 27, 2021, it was reported that Merle Dandridge was cast as Marlene in the series, reprising her role from the game.[11]

On June 30, 2021, Deadline reported that Nico Parker was cast as Sarah in the series.[18]

On July 15, 2021, Deadline reported that Jeffrey Pierce, Murray Bartlett, and Con O'Neill had joined the cast of the series.[12] However, Nick Offerman would later be recasted as Bill due to scheduling conflicts.[19]

On July 22, 2021, Deadline reported that Anna Torv was cast as Tess.[14]

Deadline officially reported on January 14, 2022, that Storm Reid, best known for her performance on HBO's Euphoria, was cast as Riley.[16]

During Summer Games Fest 2022, Naughty Dog announced that Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who portray Joel and Ellie in the video games respectively, would join the cast in unspecified "major roles".[17]


On April 2, 2021, it was reported that series is scheduled to start filming on July 5, 2021, and expected to wrap by June 8, 2022, in Calgary, Canada.[23]



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Last of Us': 'Game of Thrones' Breakout Bella Ramsey to Star as Ellie (Exclusive), Hollywood Reporter, (Accessed 2021)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Slavin, Michael (June 5, 2020). "Johan Renck on the Success of 'Chernobyl' & the Status of HBO's 'The Last of Us' – Exclusive Interview", Discussing Film, (Retrieved June 7, 2020)
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  19. 19.0 19.1 ‘The Last Of Us’: Nick Offerman To Replace Con O’Neill As Bill In HBO Series Adaptation Of Playstation Game (December 7, 2021). Deadline. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  20. The Last of Us series adds another cast member as a mysterious new character
  21. Murray Bartlett: ‘Filming The White Lotus in lockdown felt like a TV summer camp’
  22. Eben Bolter will direct Last of Us series, Twitter, (Accessed June 3, 2021)
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