Many years ago, film critic Roger Ebert sadly declared that “video games could not in principle be art”. Due to his position, players took Ebert to task and tried to explain that the medium had come a long way since the days of Atari. Ironically, the late Mr. Ebert passed away a few months before the release of The last of us in June 2013. Sony and developer Naughty Dog’s powerful fusion of gameplay and cinematic storytelling has created an experience that rivals any movie or TV show. This game is art. And early next year, the first-ever live-action adaptation of The last of us is coming to HBO.
To the edge of the universe and back. #The last of us premieres January 15 on @HBOMax. pic.twitter.com/TPJxOBZRBr
— The Last of Us (@TheLastofUsHBO) November 2, 2022
As you can see from the poster above, The last of us will premiere Sunday, January 15, 2023, with new episodes weekly on HBO and HBO Max. The MandalorianIn the series, Pedro Pacal stars as Joel, a man haunted by personal loss in a post-apocalyptic plague-ravaged America. In the game and in the series, Joel is hired to escort a young girl named Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across the country. And because Ellie is immune to the plague, her safety may be vital to the survival of humanity itself.
There’s no shortage of action in the story, but one of the central elements of the game is how Joel and Ellie bond emotionally and rely on each other to survive the experience. This is one of the main reasons why the story resonates so strongly with players. Neil Druckmann, the author of the original game, has teamed up with Chernobyl showrunner Craig Mazin for HBO The last of us; which should ensure that important aspects of the experience will remain intact in the show.
Gabriel Luna co-stars in the series as Joel’s brother Tommy, with Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as as Bill, Storm Reid as Riley Abel, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, Elaine Miles as Florence, and Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, the original voice actors of Joel and Ellie, will also appear as different characters on the show.