HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming video-game adaptation The Last of Us, and it definitely sets the tone for the series.
The bleak trailer portrays a similar feel to the cult-classic 2013 video game giving fans hope the series will pay homage and respect the original source material. Adapting video games to television or film has never really been a super successful endeavor in the past with few exceptions. The trailer used the song “Alone and Forsaken” by Hank Williams.
The post-apocalyptic drama tv series set to air on HBO in 2023. The Last of Us was developed by Naughty Dog, the series will follow Joel played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian), a smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie portrayed by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, Becoming Elizabeth) across a post-apocalyptic United States. It will also feature Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., True Detective) as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, Merle Dandridge (Station 19, Greenleaf) as resistance leader Marlene, and Anna Torv (Mindhunter, Fringe) as Joel’s smuggler partner Tess.
The first season will consist of ten episodes written by Craig Mazin (Borderlands, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and Neil Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game.
The Last of Us will debut in 2023, in the meantime take the opportunity to play the game to prepare yourself for what looks to be an outstanding HBO series.