Nico Parker Joins Merle Dandridge in HBO’s adaptation of the popular video game The Last of Us into a series. Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey and Gabriel Luna are also cast
The story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (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.
Parker will play Joel’s daughter, Luna will play Tommy, and Merle will reprise her role from the video game as Marlene. Marlene is the leader of the Fireflies, a resistance group that hopes to dismantle a military regime in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States ravaged by a mutated cordyceps fungus that turns people into raging zombie monsters.
The series comes from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Last Of Us game creator Neil Druckmann. They both are set to write and executive produce the series.
Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode of The Last Of Us, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. Jasmila Žbanić and Ali Abbas will also direct other episodes in the series.
Druckmann and Mazin write and executive produce. Carolyn Strauss also executive produces along with Naughty Dog president Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions as well as Rose Lam. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog produce the TV series, based on the video game developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms.
Up next Parker will star opposite her real-lifemother Thandiwe Newton in Warner Bros’ Reminiscence.