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HBO’s upcoming The Last of Us series has starred in Game of Thrones fan favorite Bella Ramsey.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ramsey will portray Ellie in the popular post-apocalyptic video game adaptation by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. Set two decades after our society’s implosion, the drama will follow Joel, a tough survivor hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl named Ellie out of an « oppressive » quarantine zone, the official summary says. “What starts as a small job soon turns into a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they both have to cross the US and are dependent on each other to survive.”
Ellie is described as an “orphan” who is never anything but one has known a devastated planet striving to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging … as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world, ”Pro THR. In the game, Joel and Ellie have to dodge (and sometimes fight) people infected by a terrible mutation.
Neil Druckmann, the game’s writer and creative director, will write and executive produce the series with Mazin. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole) will direct the pilot.
In addition to her memorable role on GoT as the young but powerful Lyanna Mormont, Ramsey’s TV credits include a recent twist on His Dark Materials season 2. She also starred in that British children’s drama The Worst Witch.
The Last of Us fans, what do you think of the casting? Hit the comments to share your thoughts!