Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) is playing Tommy, the brother of protagonist Joel, in HBO’s upcoming series adaptation of The Last of Us—but the actor who originally voiced Tommy in the games will also star! That actor is Jeffrey Pierce, and he’ll be playing Perry, a rebel in the quarantine zone.
Other new cast members include Murray Bartlett as Frank and Con O’Neil as Bill. The pair are post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town.
Taking place 20 years after modern civilisation has been destroyed, the series will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, who is hired to smuggle Ellie (Bella Ramsey), 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.
Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) is developing The Last of Us for HBO, working alongside Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckman to write and executive produce the adaptation. Directors on the series include Kantemir Balagov, Jasmila Žbanić, and Ali Abbasi.
Interestingly, Pierce is not the only voice actor from the game who will be appearing in the show. Merle Dandridge, who played Marlene, head of the resistance movement known as the Fireflies, will be reprising her character for the small screen adaptation.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)