The Last of Us has become one of PlayStation’s hottest properties, with a sequel even more popular than the original game. But Sony has bigger plans for The Last of Us than just a sequel. Sony’s partnered with HBO for the production of a new television show based on The Last of Us. Things are already moving along, perhaps faster than expected. The latest evidence of that is the reported confirmation of Ellie’s actor.
THR is reporting that The Last of Us is going to cast a young actor who has made a name for herself in recent years as Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones and Angelica in His Dark Materials. Her name is Bella Ramsey and she’s one of the fastest-rising actors in the business. She’s been a part of multiple films and television shows in 2020. Highlights of the year include voicing Hilda in the self-titled cartoon and playing Angelica in His Dark Materials.
The Last of Us TV show isn’t Ramsey’s only upcoming role, either. She’s also reported to be starring in the upcoming film Catherine, Called Birdy as Birdy. Catherine, Called Birdy is being directed by Lena Dunham, best known for writing and directing the comedy/drama Girls. It’s a historical fiction film based on a 1995 Newbery Honor award winner of the same name. Suffice to say, Ramsey’s going to be seen and heard quite a bit in the next several years.
It’s unclear exactly how big of a role Ellie will have in The Last of Us TV show, of course. Ellie plays a hugely significant role in the first game, but it’s Joel who is the main protagonist. Ellie then takes on a much larger role in The Last of Us 2 video game, which could lead to her having a larger presence in the show. Regardless, Ellie plays an undeniably key role and expectations will be high for Ramsey.
As for Joel, previous reports that he’d been cast have proven to be unreliable. A rumor that Joel was going to be played by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali has apparently now been debunked, as also reported by THR. He was apparently considered, but no deal was made. No other actors have since been mentioned as heavily considered.
Fans of television will know, however, that things in the business can change dramatically in a very short amount of time. Ramsey may not end up playing Ellie. The Last of Us may never actually move into full production. It’s best to wait until announcements have been made official, so until then it’s best to take this news with a grain of salt.
The Last of Us is moving forward for a speculated release of late 2021 or early 2022.