The first official trailer for HBO’s much anticipated “The Last of Us” TV series debuted on Monday, offering fans their first glimpse at the adaptation of the well-liked, post-apocalyptic computer game. The programme debuts in 2023.
The “The Last of Us” television series, like the PlayStation video game, centres on Joel, a seasoned survivor who travels through a United States that has been devastated by the deadly cordyceps fungus. Joel is portrayed by “The Mandalorian” actor Pedro Pascal. He travels with a small child named Ellie along the journey, who plays a critical role in discovering a cure for the zombie-like virus that has ravaged humanity. Bella Ramsey, who previously appeared on “Game of Thrones,” portrays Ellie.
On September 26, also known as “Outbreak Day” in the “The Last of Us” community, the trailer was unveiled. The cordyceps fungus initially spread across the United States on September 26 in the first video game. Fans will recognise key scenes from “The Last of Us” video game, including Joel and Ellie escaping a quarantine zone, two collapsing skyscrapers they must traverse, Ellie riding a merry-go-round with her childhood friend Riley, and Joel running with his daughter Sarah at the start of the pandemic, in the trailer set to Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken.”
The cordyceps fungus transforms victims into shambling creatures known as “clickers.” They have an insatiable appetite for human flesh and have spores that resemble mushrooms grow from their faces. HBO’s little trailer from this morning features the spine-tingling sort of echolocation that the clickers employ to pursue their prey because they are unable to see.
The cast also features Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Anna Torv as Tess, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, the head of the rebel organisation the Fireflies, Nico Parker as Sarah, and Pascal and Ramsey. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who provided the voices for Joel and Ellie in the video games, will also make an unknown appearance in the programme.
Along with Craig Mazin, the Emmy Award-winning creator of “Chernobyl,” Neil Druckmann works as co-founder and executive producer of the video game firm Naughty Dog. Executive producers include Carter Swan, Rose Lam, Asad Qizilbash, Evan Wells, and Carolyn Strauss. Director names include Kantemir Balagov, Jasmila “bani,” Ali Abbasi, Peter Hoar, Jeremy Webb, and Liza Johnson. Production companies for the show include Word Games, The Mighty Mint, Naughty Dog, PlayStation Productions, and Sony Pictures Television.