Pedro Pascal To Portray Joel In HBO's The Last Of Us

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Deadline reports that Pedro Pascal, well known for Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian, will be starring as Joel in HBO’s upcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us.

First announced last March, the show’s plot will follow that of the original 2013 video game, with Pascal’s Joel struggling to cross a post-apocalyptic former United States alongside Ellie, a teenage girl who may hold the key to humanity’s future. Expect plenty of fungal zombies.

The series’ Game of Thrones connections don’t end with Pascal, who memorably portrayed Oberyn Martell in that show’s fourth season. Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey, who played the young firebrand Lyanna Mormont, will co-star as Ellie, and the show will be executive-produced by Game of Thrones’ Carolyn Strauss, Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin, and of course Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann.

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No word yet on when The Last of Us (the TV show) will be ready to debut, but it’s not going to be anytime soon.

Staff Editor, Kotaku.

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Ms.Anxiety

I was saying in the article about the ellie casting that Timothy Olyphant wouldbe a great Joel, but I take it back. Pascal is a brilliant actor and I believe he can capture that stubborn bull headedness + protective dad really well since he already kind of does it in a less emotive way and still manages to make it shine.

It’ll be great to see him in something new where he doesnt have to wear a helmet the entire time, *even if* it would have benefited his other popular character.