The Last of Us is a work of art. Its gritty and emotional story between Joel and Ellie in a post-apocalyptic world became an instant classic in the world of gaming. Now seven years later it’s been announced that HBO will be bringing the critically acclaimed game to the screen. Creator and writer of The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann will be working with Craig Mazin on this live-action project. As of now, this is the only announcement, there hasn’t been any other news or anybody else hired for The Last of Us, TV series. So we should only expect to see a release date sometime in 2022. In the meantime allow us to assist with our recommendation of casting choices.
Joel – Dylan McDermott
Fricking Troy Baker’s voice is a dream. I don’t know anything about his acting chops but if he can play the role then play it, baby! God dude is hot AF it’s really not fair. But if he can’t play the role then Dylan McDermott. Face casting am I right? But not only does Dylan McDermott get a pass in the looks department he also plays a great Ben Harmon in American Horror Story. I know popular opinion is Josh Brolin and Hugh Jackman. Because Logan was basically the X-Men version of The Last of Us in reverse. But hear me out. Ben Harmon in American Horror Story has some crazy calm vibes that suddenly explode with emotion. Kinda like our man Joel.
Joel – Gerard Butler
Next up on the casting list is Gerard Butler. Joel is a rugged survivalist haunted by the memories of those he lost. So I don’t know about you but 300 and Nim’s Island should be a good enough resume for our gruff warrior cum island daddy. Dude can grow a beard like nobody’s business too.
Joel – Andrew Lincoln
More than just a hilarious meme Andrew Lincoln already knows his way around a zombie apocalypse thanks to his role as one of the most amazing TV characters Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead. He’s already got the combat training plus that haunted look in his eyes as he prepares to sacrifice himself over and over again for the people he loves. He’s probably not the closest on this list in terms of face matching but it could work.
Ellie – Dafne Keen
Ellie is a hard cast. We’re looking for someone young but experienced enough that can pull gravitas to this important role. I know we didn’t cast Hugh Jackman here but Dafne Keene’s role as X-23 on Logan was memorable. She’s still small enough for the role and her recent launch in HBO’s His Dark Materials TV series showcases a wide range of acting chops. Minus just yelling at Hugh Jackman. She might just have enough experience to pull this off.
Ellie – McKenna Grace
She’s a young one! Born just as I was graduating high school… don’t linger too long on that fact, this little star is only 13 years old. McKenna Grace has been acting since she was 7 years old and has since been in a huge amount of TVs and Movies. Captain Marvel included. The most notable performances that could cast her in the role as Ellie are I, Tonya and Gifted. There’s a certain seriousness to her acting that belies her youthful looks which would be exactly what we’re looking for in, Ellie. At 13 years old she’s only a year younger than Ellie as well.