Pedro Pascal Has Been Cast As Joel In HBO's 'The Last Of Us' TV Series

Pedro Pascal Has Been Cast As Joel In HBO's 'The Last Of Us' TV Series

The post-apocalyptic adventure game is now being turned into an HBO series.

From Game of Thrones to Narcos to The Mandalorian, it looks like Pedro Pascal is hitting it big in Hollywood. The actor is currently starring in Disney+’s hugely popular The Mandalorian which recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series. The 45-year-old star is bagging pretty substantial roles on screen and now he's going to be starring in The Last Of Us, HBO’s high-profile series adaptation of the video game, reports Deadline.


The critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us will now become a TV series with Pascal playing Joel, a hardened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world. 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed, Pascal's character is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. Guess who's playing Ellie? Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey. Pascal who played Oberyn Martell on HBO’s mega-hit Game Of Thrones never shared on-screen time with Ramsey, but on this show, it's going to happen. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode of The Last Of Us.


Speaking of the game, The Last of Us ended up winning numerous "Game Of The Year" awards. It was such a hit that it ended up selling more than 17 million copies across both its original release on the PlayStation 3 and a remastered version on PlayStation 4. The show is likely to "cover the events of the original game… with the possibility of additional content based on the forthcoming game sequel [The Last of Us 2]," as per THR. Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is teaming up with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, who is the writer and creative director of the game. Carolyn Strauss will also executive produce along with Evan Wells, president of Naughty Dog, the Santa Monica-based developer of the game. 


As for Pascal, he is currently in production on Judd Apatow’s The Bubble for Netflix. More recently he played the role of the villain, Max Lord, in Wonder Woman 1984. The actor is a favorite among fans for his roles on screen and his persona off it. On a more personal note, he recently took to social media this week to celebrate his younger sister, Lux Pascal, who came out as transgender. The 28-year-old aspiring actress told Chilean magazine Ya in a Spanish interview as per TODAY that her brother "has been an important part of this. He is also an artist and has been a guide. He was one of the first people who gave me the things to form an identity." Pascal shared an image of his sister on the cover with a loving post caption in Spanish, "Mi hermana, mi corazón, nuestra Lux," that translates to, "My sister, my heart, our Lux."


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