The expectation is growing for the ambitious project of the HBO that has made a TV series on The Last of Us, the iconic video game developed by Naughty Dog, which also collaborated in the realization of the show. In Italy the series will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic and on demand on the NOW platform starting January 16, 2023, one day after the US release on January 15th. The show will consist of 9 episodes written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) e Neil Druckman (co-president of Naughty Dog).
Moreover, in these hours HBO has published the new promotional poster of the series on Twitter. This shows us the two protagonists Joel and Ellie (played by respectively Peter Pascal e Bella Ramsey) who walk the streets of a devastated city, in a post-apocalyptic scenario.
Trailer and plot of The Last of Us TV series: from January 16 on Sky
At the end of September, HBO had released the first teaser trailer for the series. A video that in less than two minutes shows us Joel and Ellie struggling with the atrocities of a world invaded by a mysterious parasite. With frantic editing and a country song playing in the background, the video revealed just one line from the series: “Save who you can save”that is to say “Save who you can”
The plot of the TV series will obviously resume the events of video games, 20 years after the beginning of a zombie epidemic on Earth. These creatures, called Infected, were attacked by a parasite born from the mutation of the fungus Cordyceps, which now infects and kills humans as well as animals. The protagonists Joel ed Ellieas strangers, they will find themselves having to establish a strong bond, learning to trust each other. Joel is a smuggler who knew the world before the apocalypse and who lost his daughter during the early stages of the catastrophe. Ellie instead it just has 14 yearsand was born in the midst of the spread of the parasite.
In addition to the aforementioned Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, the cast will also consist of Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD) as Joel, Tommy. Ellie’s guardian, Marlene, will be played by Merle Dandridge (who was both the voice actress and the model for the same character in the game). Nick Offerman he will play Bill, an old friend of Joel’s who appeared in the first game who will help Joel and Ellie on their journey. Murray Bartlett he was instead cast as Frank, Bill’s partner briefly mentioned in the first game. The role of Tess, Joel’s smuggling partner, goes to the Australian actress Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter).
Other confirmed actors are Nico Parker, Lamar Johnson e Storm Reid. In the cast, in different roles, there will also be Troy Baker e Ashley Johnsonwho played the protagonists Joel and Ellie in video games.