HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation has added three new cast members, including the actor who voices Tommy in the game series.
However, actor Jeffrey Pierce won’t reprise his role as Joel’s brother because the character is already being played by Gabriel Luna (Agents of Shield).
Instead, Pierce will play a rebel in a quarantine zone, Deadline reports.
The other new cast additions are Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus), who will guest star as Frank, and Con O’Neill (Chernobyl), who will play Bill, two post-pandemic survivors who appeared in the original The Last of Us game.
In February, Game of Thrones actors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were cast as the show’s lead characters, Joel and Ellie. Nico Parker (Dumbo), the daughter of actress Thandie Newton, is playing Joel’s daughter, Sarah.
The Last of Us adaptation is the first television series from PlayStation Productions, a studio formed by Sony Interactive Entertainment to adapt its original game properties for film and TV.
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is co-writing and executive producing the show alongside Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann. Shooting began this month, with the production due to wrap in June 2022.
The series is expected cover the events of The Last of Us, which was released in 2013, and may include content based on The Last of Us Part 2, which launched in 2020.
Druckmann, who is the creative director behind the Last of Us games, has said that some show dialogue has been lifted straight from the game, although the TV series won’t be a direct retelling of Naughty Dog’s title and some episodes will even “deviate greatly” from the source material.
“For example, in the game, there’s so much action you have to have to train the player about mechanics,” he told IGN. “You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun.
“So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character. Some of my favourite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them.”
A story outline has already been written for a potential The Last of Us Part 3, but it’s not currently being developed, according to Druckmann.
However, Naughty Dog is reportedly working on a PS5 remake of the original The Last of Us.