HBO’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Last of Us PlayStation video game is coming soon as a TV series in early 2023. The season one premiere of The Last of Us will debut on January 15, 2023, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will consist of nine episodes.
The Last of Us stars The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal and Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, respectively. They are two survivors in a post-apocalyptic America overrun by zombie-like monsters called “clickers.” A deadly disease called the cordyceps fungus has ravaged the world and turned its victims into shambling husks with mushroom-like spores growing from their bodies. Just like the original video game, Joel must travel across the country with Ellie on an important mission, all while dodging clickers, bandits and all sorts of danger.
The rest of the cast includes Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Joel’s brother Tommy; Merle Dandridge as Marlene, the leader of the rebel group called the Fireflies and Nico Parker as Joel’s daughter Sarah. The cast also includes Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett, Jeffrey Pierce and Anna Torv. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who portrayed Joel and Ellie in the Last of Us video game and its sequel, will also appear in the show in undisclosed roles.
“From what I’ve seen of the show and what we shot, it’s very true and authentic to the game,” prosthetics designer Barrie Gower told Variety in an interview last month. “I’m hoping the fans will be over the moon with it and it will spawn a load of new fans who will be introduced to it through the show rather than the video game.”
Craig Mazin, the Emmy-winning creator of HBO limited series Chernobyl, is the co-creator and executive producer alongside Neil Druckmann, the co-president of the studio that brought us The Last of Us video game, Naughty Dog.
Watch the trailer for The Last Of Us below: