At long last, a release date has finally been confirmed for HBO’s upcoming series The Last of Us. Audiences can look forward to tuning in for the premiere of the nine-episode first season in just a few short months on January 15, 2023.
In addition to today’s news, the first poster for the series has been revealed as well.
Based on Naughty Dog’s PlayStation video game of the same name, 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 the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
The Last of Us sees The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal step into the role of Joel alongside fellow Game of Thrones alum Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Other cast members include Gabriel Luna as Joel’s younger brother, Tommy; Merle Dandridge as Marlene, a resistance leader; and Anna Torv as the smuggler, Tess.
The show will also guest star Nico Parker as Joel’s 14-year-old daughter, Sarah; Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman as Frank and Bill, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town; Storm Reid as Riley, an orphan in Boston; Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone; Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard as Henry and Sam, brothers in Kansas City hiding from a revolutionary movement seeking vengeance; and Graham Greene and Elaine Miles as Marlon and Florence, a married couple surviving alone in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic Wyoming.
The series is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us and Uncharted video game franchises). Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, and Carter Swan serve as executive producers.
The Last of Us premieres on Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream in 4K on HBO Max.