Merle Dandridge to reprise her role as Marlene in HBO series ‘The Last of Us’ alongside Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, and Gabriel Luna.
Merle Dandridge will reprise her role as Marlene in the premium cable network’s scripted drama series, having voiced her in both the original 2013 game and its sequel last year.
The Last of Us follows Joel (Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian), a hardened survivor of modern civilization’s collapse 20 years ago, and Ellie (Bella Ramsey, Game of Thrones), a 14-year-old girl whom he’s recruited to smuggle out of a repressive quarantine zone.
Marlene, played by Marlene Dandridge, is the leader of the Fireflies, a resistance movement fighting an oppressive military dictatorship for freedom. She joins Gabriel Luna, who plays Joel’s younger brother Tommy, in the cast.
The cast of HBO’s THE LAST OF US series (so far) -Pedro Pascal as Joel -Bella Ramsey as Ellie -Gabriel Luna as Tommy -Merle Dandridge as Marlene
The series’ screenplays are being written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, the games’ writer and creative director. Naughty Dog, located in Santa Monica, has sold over 17 million copies of the games since the first one debuted in 2013. Mazin and Druckmann executive produce alongside Carolyn Strauss of the Mighty Mint, Evan Wells of Naughty Dog, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions, and Rose Lam. The series is a co-production between Sony Pictures TV, PlayStation, Word Games, the Mighty Mint, and Druckmann’s Naughty Dog, and will be directed by Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi.
Dandridge’s connection with WarnerMedia, with whom she co-stars in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, deepens with The Last of Us. Apple’s Truth Be Told, Sons of Anarchy, Still Star-Crossed, and The Night Shift are among her other credits. She also worked with Druckmann on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in the game world. SDB Partners, CornerStone Talent Agency, and Schreck Rose are her agents. The Last of Us’ launch date has yet to be confirmed.