The Last of Us(2023)
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When a brain infection spreads across the world, many humans adopt zombie-like traits – causing society to collapse. The Last of Us centers on Joel, a survivor haunted by his traumatic past, and Ellie. This young girl seemingly has immunity to the Cordyceps brain infection, so could she be the answer to a vaccine? The Last of Us is an adaptation of the popular video game of the same name, which was released in 2013.
What to know
The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic television series produced by HBO. Pedro Pascal stars as Joel, a man tasked with smuggling the young and defiant Ella, played by Bella Ramsey, out of the quarantine zone and across the country. as Gabriel Luna stars as Tommy, Joel's younger brother a former soldier who clings to the hope of a better world.
Pascal became available to shoot the series after wrapping The Mandalorian’s second season. The actor was flooded with offers following the Star Wars series' success and will reportedly be earning $600, 000 per episode, making him one of the highest paid American television actors.
While The Last of Us is based on a video game – a first for HBO – Pascal didn’t want his portrayal of Joel to be an exact copy of the game's character. The actor allowed the characterization to be determined by the showrunners and created some healthy distance between the two depictions. Recurring castmates include Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, and Anna Torv as Tess. Taking on a more serious role than normal, comedian Nick Offerman plays Bill. Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard portray the brothers Henry and Sam whose characters have had their backstory shifted from the original source material. Despite some story tweaks, the filmmakers remain true to the video game having meticulously recreated specific shots in live-action. The Last of Us was released on January 15th, 2023 on HBO Max.
Production: Timeline, news & updates
- 2016: After the release of The Last of Us video game, great interest was generated in adapting it into a movie. At one point, Sam Raimi was attached to the project but the film languished in development hell and was never to be. (Source: IGN)
- March 2020: HBO announced a television adaption of the video game that would cover the events of the game and possibly some of the events of the sequel (2020’s The Last of Us Part II). Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin joined the project to write and produce the series. (Source: Variety.)
- November 2020: The series is greenlit with Playstation’s Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan signed on as executive producers. Johan Renick, a previous collaborator of Mazin’s on HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries, drops out of the project due to the COVID pandemic. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
- August 2021: Production of the series will take place in Alberta, Canada and will be the largest Canadian television production in the country’s history. It is expected to bring in over 200 million dollars in revenue for the province. (Source: Guild of Canada)
- March 2020: Argentine composer Gustavo Sanataolalla will produce the series’ music. Sanataolalla previously composed music for Jane the Virgin and Making a Murderer.(Source: EFE)
- June 9, 2022: Writer Craig Mazin took to twitter to announce the fact that filming of the series had finished. (Source: Collider)
- June 92022: The first-look photo of the series is released. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey – who play Joel and and Ellie – are seen crouched down in a dark room, helping to set an ominous tone for upcoming show. ( Source: Entertainment Weekly)
- July 12, 2022:HBO executive Casey Bloys reveals The Last of Us will premiere in early 2023. Source: Entertainment Weekly)
- August 5, 2022:Set photos were released showing the incredible accuracy with which the filming team were recreating scenes from the video game. (Source: ScreenRant)
- August 10, 2022:The back story of key characters from the video game has been changed with brothers Henry and Sam set to enter the story at a completely different point in the narrative of the video game. (Source: ScreenRant)
- August 21, 2022:In a trailer for all upcoming HBO Max TV shows, the first footage from The Last of Us was revealed. Showing snowy scenes with the gruff voice of Pedro Pascal, the trailer confirms the show will arrive in 2023.(Source: Deadline)
- November 2, 2022: The series will be released in January 2023. Filmmaker Kantemir Balagov left the production of The Last of Us in 2021. (Source: The Playlist)
- December 4, 2022: The first official trailer for the series was released at the CCXP22 panel. It gives a first full look at the tone and style of the show as well as introducing the smuggler Joel and his cargo, the teenage Ellie. (Source: Collider)
- January 6, 2022: It is confirmed that The Last of Us will release three days early in cinemas across New York before premiering on HBO Max. A new featurette is released in tandem with the news that teases a difficult moment for main character Joel played by Pedro Pascal. (Source: ScreenRant)
- January 15, 2023: The Last of Us was released on HBO Max. (Source: HBO Max)
Videos: Trailers, Teasers, Featurettes
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