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HBO ‘The Last of Us’ Video Game Adaptation: Trailer, Release Date, Cast

by Atlanta Business Journal

Ask anyone who has played The Last of Us what they think of The Last of Us. They’ll get weird. Not like Elden Ring-obsessive weird, but film buff weird. Playing the game—which is a sort of post-apocalyptic road trip featuring two reluctant heroes—feels damn near like you’re living it. The Last of Us is dark and brutal, yet heartfelt and, strangely, uplifting.

So when we got word that HBO would adapt The Last of Us into a TV series, undoubtably bringing on all of the problems that always come with video game adaptations, we were a little worried. Thankfully, a new teaser has (slightly) eased our anxiety. Following a supercut of HBO’s other upcoming offerings, we get a glimpse of the gruff Joel (Pedro Pascal) and the younger, but nonetheless pessimistic Ellie (Bella Ramsey). We don’t see more than a couple of tracking shots of the duo, but Pascal nails the hell out of Joel’s wisened disaffection when he warns Ellie, “You have no idea what loss is.” Now, if you’re a newcomer to The Last of Us, here’s HBO’s official description:

The story takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

It’s a solid recap of what The Last of Us is all about, except that it leaves out the flower-headed, zombie-esque monsters you’re forced to battle throughout the game?! Yeah. We’ll let you go through Google Images for that one. In the meantime, pick yourself up a copy of the game, because we don’t want to spoil much more for you before its likely 2023 release. It’s one of the best stories ever told in the medium.

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