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The casting of Abby in the second season of The Last of Us TV series may be imminent, according to a report.
Entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider claims on his own site that Kaitlyn Dever “is in talks” to take on the role of the character.
Earlier this year, Neil Druckmann told The Hollywood Reporter that Dever was one of “dozens and dozens” of actors who had auditioned for the role of Ellie in the show’s first season, and got as far as doing a table read.
It would now appear that even though Dever wasn’t successful in gaining the role of Ellie, she may yet feature in the show as one of its most important characters.
Sneider cites sources who told him that Dever’s potential casting comes off the back of her performance in alien invasion movie No One Will Save You.
She’s best known, however, as one of the two leads in 2019 movie Booksmart, in which a pair of graduating high school girls decide to party on their last day, with things getting out of hand.
Abby was one of the more heavily debated characters in The Last of Us Part II, partly due to the fact players had to control her at some points in the game, and partly because of her character design.
Although the character is presented as an antagonist early in the game, later sections have the player controlling Abby, as the game attempts to create a redemption arc by making players empathise with her by the end.
The character also has an extremely muscular body, which led to criticism from some players and sparked debate on the lack of body diversity in games.
Last year Laura Bailey, who played Abby in The Last of Us Part II game, said she would “definitely” play the role again in another game despite the abusive and threatening messages she received online.