Kantemir Balagov, the director for the pilot episode for HBO’s series adaptation of the hit Naughty Dog video game The Last of Us, has taken to Instagram to confirm that filming has wrapped on the first episode, with a messaging stating “My job is done here.”
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Written by Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game series, The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) who will play Joel and Ellie respectively, with Gabriel Luna set to play Joel’s brother, Tommy, Merle Dandridge reprising her video game role as Marlene, Nico Parker (The Third Day) as Joel’s daughter, Sarah, Jeffrey Pierce (Bosch) as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone, Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) as Frank, Con O’Neill (Chernobyl) as Bill, and Anna Torv (Mindhunter) as Tess.
The Last of Us is “set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed and centres on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for a deadly pandemic. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”