Storm Reid has joined the cast of The Last of Us as Riley, a character originally introduced in the video game series.
HBO’s The Last of Us series has found its Riley. Per Deadline, Euphoria and A Wrinkle in Time star Storm Reid has been cast as Riley Abel, a character who’s best friends with Ellie in the time before she meets Joel in the original game. She was featured in the DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind, a bonus chapter released after the original game. For the series, Reid’s role will be as a guest star playing the orphaned girl who grew up in post-apocalyptic Boston.
The Last of Us is directly based on the video game of the same name by Naughty Dog. The new series comes from The Last of Us creator Neil Druckman and Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin. Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) lead the cast as Joel and Ellie, the two main characters from the video games. Also featured in the cast of the HBO adaptation are Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, Nico Parker, Jeffrey Pierce, Murray Bartlett, and video game voice actress Merle Dandridge reprising the role she played in the game. Gabriel Luna is also featured in a substantial role as Tommy, Joel’s brother.
“Right now, my primary focus is The Last of Us. So excited to complete my work there on season 1 and then we’re going to have a really fun adventure there,” Luna said of his involvement, via ComicBook.com. “I look forward to everyone having an opportunity to check that out whenever it may come out. I’m not in the scheduling department, but it’d be sooner than later.”
Several Adaptations of Sony PlayStation Games Are On the Way
The Last of Us is one of many video game adaptations in the works, with several upcoming titles in development based specifically on popular games for Sony PlayStation’s consoles. Soon, we’ll see the new Uncharted film hit the big screen with Tom Holland starring as a young Nathan Drake. It could be the start of a movie franchise is this film does well. We’ll see how that turns out when Uncharted is released on Feb. 11.
It has also been reported that a Twisted Metal series is in the works at HBO. Based on the car combat video game series, the Twisted Metal show will feature The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie as the lead character, John Doe. It is based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool). The last major release for the video game series came a decade ago with a Twisted Metal reboot for the PS3 in 2012.
There isn’t a scheduled release date just yet for The Last of Us, but there is a lot of excitement from fans to see this adaptation on the small screen. The original video game and its sequel are widely acclaimed, and the source material certainly has the potential to lend itself to an even more awesome TV show. Let’s just hope it lives up to this potential when it comes out.
A set photo from the filming of The Last of Us gives us a front-facing look at Pedro Pascal in costume as apocalypse survivor, Joel.
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