The Final of Us: The HBO collection faucets Pedro Pascal to play Joel

The HBO series is based on the successful PlayStation video game.


We learned early this morning that HBO was busy Bella Ramsey Play Ellie Craig Mazin and Neil DruckmannAdaptation of the successful PlayStation video game The last of us. It looks like the showrunners are moving fast as Deadline is now reporting that they have cast Pedro Pascal in the role of Joel.


For those unfamiliar with the game, the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where Joel, a smuggler, is tasked with getting 14-year-old Ellie out of the quarantine zone while avoiding dangerous people and cannibal monsters. It’s the kind of bleak attitude that shouldn’t be a problem for Mazin, who previously created Chernobylor for print man who edited the story for the video game.

While it makes a lot of sense to cast an offspring like Ramsey for Ellie, I’m also not surprised that they cast a hot talent like Pascal who will win over his work on fans game of Thrones, Narcos, and The Mandalorian. According to Deadline, Pascal recently became available for a new series and received “several great offers from top premium networks and streamers,” but The Last of Us won.

The big question now is how this will affect The Mandalorian. On the one hand, this isn’t really a show that Pascal needs on set as the character rarely takes off his helmet, so it’s more of a voice acting with stunt doubles Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder Handling of work on the set. On the other hand, if season 3 of The Mandalorian decides it’s time for Din Djarin to wear his helmet a little less, it could create a planning conflict with The Last of Us, which occupies first place on Pascal’s schedule.

But right now, The Last of Us has two great actors in its lead roles and has been a vivid reminder to me that I should probably be playing a game that’s been out since 2013.

The last of us poster

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