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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hints at The Last of Us HBO show casting

Published: 22/Sep/2020 21:15

by Tanner Pierce

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While answering questions on Reddit, Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau slyly hinted that he may be playing Joel in the highly anticipated HBO adaptation of The Last of Us.

The Last of Us HBO show is one of the more anticipated video game adaptations in a while. While most people scoff at the idea of a 20-hour game getting shortened into a 10-hour experience, when all is said and done, the gaming community has been more open to the idea of this show due to the talent behind it: Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann.

That being said, details about the show have been relatively quiet. There’s been no announcement of casting for it yet, and the only details we have so far is that it’s going to be an adaptation of the first game with some additions. Now, it seems like we might be gearing up for some more information.

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played Jamie Lannister during all 8 seasons of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jamie Lannister on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, has hinted in a Reddit AMA that he may be playing Joel in the upcoming adaptation.

Coster-Waldau was asked about his involvement in the show during the AMA, with one person directly posing the question about whether or not he was playing Joel.

“I just got Part 2,” Coster-Waldau said in response to the aforementioned question. “What a great game.”

Of course, he didn’t outright say that he was playing him, but the fact that he so expertly skirted around the question, combined with the fact that he’s actually playing through the second game right now, is a pretty strong hint towards the fact that he is, at the very least, in discussions with the creators – but who knows.

Generally speaking, if an actor isn’t involved with a project, they’ll just outright say that they aren’t, lending more credence to the above. Of course, this is technically just speculation/rumor, however, it wouldn’t be surprising if we got official confirmation in the very near future.

Of course, the question also remains about who would play Ellie. While Maisie Williams, another Game of Thrones star, was in contention to play her when the project was still a movie, she’s seemingly grown too old for the adaptation now. Here’s hoping we get more details soon.

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp

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Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*