The first cast members of HBO’s The Last of Us series have been confirmed but has a release date for the TV show been announced?

Following the runaway success of its two video game releases, The Last of Us is returning to our screens as a TV series courtesy of HBO and the newly created PlayStation Productions.

On February 10th, 2021, the first cast members for The Last of Us series were announced, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who will be taking on the roles of Joel and Ellie respectively.

But has HBO announced a release date for The Last of Us series yet? When is the show likely to arrive?

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The Last of Us on HBO

First revealed by the Hollywood Reporter in March 2020, HBO’s TV adaptation of The Last of Us was given the greenlight in November that year.

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The Last of Us series will continue the story of Joel and Ellie following the events of 2013’s first game, crossing over with events of its 2020 sequel which is set several years after the first game.

Creator of HBO’s Chernobyl series, Craig Mazin, is reportedly writing the series’ story while Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director on The Last of Us games, is on scripting duty according to The Guardian.

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Main cast announced

On February 10th, 2021, it was announced that Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have been cast in the series as Joel and Ellie respectively.

Pedro Pascal comes into The Last of Us series after playing the titular character in The Mandalorian, a similar character to Joel as he’s a hardened bounty hunter and warrior who softens when he’s forced to care for an abandoned child.

Meanwhile, Bella Ramsey, who recently appeared in the BBC and HBO’s His Dark Materials series, will be looking to bring some of the fire she brought to the role of Lyanna Mormont that won the hearts of Game of Thrones fans.

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The Last of Us: HBO release date

  • No release date for HBO’s The Last of Us has been announced at the time of writing.

Unfortunately, it will likely be a while before there’s any concrete release date news as the main cast has only just been announced.

However, if we look at the release schedule for HBO’s biggest release on the horizon, Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon, we can get some idea of when The Last of Us series may arrive.

The first cast members House of the Dragon were announced in October 2020 and according to Deadline, filming is set to start in April 2021 (six months after cast announced) with a target release date of sometime in 2022.

If The Last of Us was to start filming in six months time, August 2021, there’s a chance the series could arrive on HBO in late 2022 or early 2023 but those dates are purely speculative.

Until then, fans can revel in the knowledge that Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have been cast as Joel and Ellie in HBO’s The Last of Us series.

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