The Last of Us has become one of PlayStation’s fiercest properties, with a sequel even more famous than the original game. But Sony has better plans for The Last of Us than just a sequel. Sony has collaborated with HBO for the production of a new TV series based on The Last of Us. Things are already moving along, probably faster than anticipated. The most recent evidence of that is the reported confirmation of Ellie’s actor.
News sites are reporting that The Last of Us is going to cast a young actress who has made a name for herself in the past years as Angelica in His Dark Materials and Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones. She is Bella Ramey and she’s one of the fastest-rising actresses in the industry. She has been part of numerous movies and TV shows since last year. Highlights of the year include playing Angelica in His Dark Materials and voicing Hilda in the self-titled cartoon.
The Last of Us TV series is not Ramsey’s only upcoming role, either. She’s also reported to be starring in the upcoming movie Catherine, Called Birdy as Birdy. This new movie is being directed by Lena Dunham, best known for directing and writing the comedy-drama Girls. It is a historical fiction movie based on a 1995 Newbery Honor award winner of the same name. Enough to say, Ramsey’s going to be seen and heard quite a bit in the next couple of years.
It’s uncertain exactly how big of a role Ellie will have in The Last of Us TV series, of course. Ellie plays a significant role in the first game, but it is Joel who is the main protagonist. Ellie then takes on a much larger role in The Last of Us 2 video game, which could lead to her having a bigger presence in the show. Nonetheless, Ellie plays an absolutely important role and expectations will be high for the young actress.
Fans of television will know, however, that things in the industry can change considerably in a very short amount of time. Ramsey may still end up not playing Ellie. The Last of Us might never actually move into full production. It is still best to wait until official announcements have been made, so until then it’s best to take this news with a bit of skepticism.