Jasmila Žbanić and Ali Abbasi to Direct HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ Adaptation


As the buzz begins to build around HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Last of Us, Jasmila Žbanić (Quo vadis, Aida?) and Ali Abbasi (Border) have boarded the series as directors.

Based on Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed action-adventure survival game that landed on the PlayStation console in 2013, The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, 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. 

After receiving a series order late last year, it was announced this past February that The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal would be taking on the role of Joel, while Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey will portray Ellie. Last week, we also learned that Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has come aboard as Joel’s brother Tommy.

The Last of Us is being developed by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, the director of the game the series is based on and co-president of Naughty Dog.

Stay tuned for more news on HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us.

Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. If she's not writing or out and about with her camera, she's probably watching anime, nerding out over Star Wars, reading manga, and definitely forgetting to water her plants. And waiting for the Genshin loading screen to pop up. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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