HBO and Sony shared an update on the series on November 20, 2020 confirming Mazin’s and Druckmann’s roles. They’ve given a series order to the drama.
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As huge fans of the game we have a few ideas about who the core cast could be brought to life by and now that a series is in the works we thought it was the perfect time to share them!
Joel – Oscar Isaac
After winning all our hearts as Poe Dameron we only had one choice in mind for Joel. Oscar Isaac has all the gruff heroism that the character needs, he can do action, heart, and heroics, plus he’s still to have that true leading man moment. We also have to give a notable mention to Troy Baker the prolific and talented voice actor who brought Joel to life, if HBO were willing to take a little risk it could be very cool to see him get to bring Joel to live action too.
Ellie – Dafne Keen
There was a lot of controversy around the design of Ellie in the original game as she was quite clearly based on Elliot Page, who was not involved in
Tommy – Pedro Pascal
Everyone’s been waiting for best buds Oscar Isaac and Pedro Pascal to share the screen in a truly epic fashion. We think casting Pascal as Joel’s brother Tommy could be the perfect moment. Tommy and Joel share a special bond but it’s one that is complex and often tough, outside of Ellie he is the character who knows Joel best and the only one who has a shared past with him. Pascal has the perfect rugged looks and emotional range to expand on this key character who will certainly show up in the upcoming adaptation.
Tess – Ruth Negga
Tess’ role is relatively small but completely vital in the game. It would be interesting to see it explored more in this adaptation, especially depending on the way that the creative team decides to adapt Joel’s life before he meets Ellie. Tess is Joel’s smuggling partner and isn’t afraid of doing whatever she needs to get the job done. It could be interesting to see Tess survive to help Joel and Ellie and if the show makes that change then we’d love to see
Bill – W. Earl Brown
W. Earl Brown has showcased his talents as a voice actor and screen talent and that’s the reason we’d be incredibly excited for him to reprise his role as the paranoid and fearful ally of Joel and Tess in the live action adaptation. Bill is a business partner of the smuggling pair but lives in constant terror of the infected surrounding himself booby traps and weapons. Though Bill seems to play into some classic zombie / outbreak tropes he suffers a tragedy which plays a key part in Joel’s journey, so it’ll take a seriously talented character actor to bring him to life.
Marlene – Gugu Mbatha-Raw
The leader of the militia group known as the Fireflies, Marlene plays a large role in the wider story of Joel and Ellie. Her organization is attempting to free the quarantined from the military. But there’s something even more vital here, as Marlene was a close friend of Ellie’s mother who asked her to take care of her daughter. Now we’ve just seen HBO adapt a classic property with a subversive and strange take that changed much of what we knew, so there’s a chance that Joel might not be the one to help Ellie fight her way to freedom… if they were looking to change we’d be interested in seeing Marlene taking that place. But either way we’d love to see the awesome Gugu Mbatha-Raw take on the radical and complex role of Marlene.
David – John Hawkes
Every story needs a secret villain and David plays that role as he appears as an ally to Ellie only to reveal that his survival instinct has fostered a horrific dark side. Not only does veteran character actor John Hawkes bear a striking resemblance to the character in the game, but he also has the ability to be both charismatic and creepy, scary and safe, and most importantly the power to be a truly terrifying foe for Ellie and Joel.
We’ll have to wait and see what HBO has in store for