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Pedro Pascal is returning to HBO to lead the series adaptation of The Last of Us. According to Deadline, Pascal will star as “Joel.” The 2013 game, which went on to sell over 20 million copies, is set 20 years after the fall of civilization in the United States, thanks to a fungus, sees hired hand “Joel” transport 14-year-old girl “Ellie” out of a quarantine zone (sound familiar?) and across the U.S. as the pair fight for their lives against infected cannibals and dangerous humans. 

Pascal remerges in HBO after his all-too-brief eye-popping turn on Game of Thrones as Oberyn Martell a.k.a “Red Viper.” Fellow Game of Thrones alum Bella Ramsey, who stole the show as Lyanna Mormont, will co-star as “Ellie.” Keeping it all in the family, HBO has tapped Emmy award-winning Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to write and executive produce alongside Neil Druckmann, who wrote the game’s story.

Druckmann shared his excitement about the news tweeting, “Stoked to have Pedro aboard our show.” 

The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog also shared its support for Pascal and Ramsey:

Besides keeping busy with the now Golden Globe-nominated The Mandalorian—not to mention being the best part of Wonder Woman 1984–Pascal is fresh off Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes.

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