The Last of Us, HBO’s live-action TV series based on award-winning video games, has finally begun production in Calgary, Canada. And we have proof in the form of the first set shot.
Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) posted a photo of the Miller family, which includes Joel (The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal), his daughter Sarah (Dumbo star Nico Parker), and his brother Tommy (Terminator: Dark Fate) (Luna). “Already love these folks. #MillerTime #thelastofus,” Luna wrote on Instagram.
The primary plot of The Last of Us will take place 20 years after society has been devastated by a fungal epidemic that turns people who succumb into hideous zombie-like monsters, as shown in the series. However, the game’s initial sequence depicts the day everything went to hell.
When the fungus begins to take over individuals in their hometown of Austin, Texas, Joel and Tommy grab Sarah and attempt to leave in their car. Joel is the hardened survivor we encounter years later at one of the few human settlements, thanks to Sarah’s death during the events of that tragic day.
The show’s core connection is between Joel and Ellie, who is played by Pascal’s Game of Thrones co-star Bella Ramsey. Joel is recruited by the Fireflies, a rebel group, to smuggle this 14-year-old girl out of their restrictive quarantine zone in the present day. For these two individuals, the seemingly minor assignment rapidly escalates into a cross-country trip across what’s left of the United States.
Merle Dandridge (The Flight Attendant) will reprise her role as Marlene, the Fireflies’ leader, from the video games. The Last of Us will primarily recreate the original game’s events published in 2013, with the first season in the works from Chernobyl Emmy winners Craig Mazin and Carolyn Strauss, who executive produce alongside the games’ creative director Neil Druckmann. However, if HBO decides to renew its efforts for further seasons, we may anticipate the plot to focus on The Last of Us Part II, the sequel game that will be released in 2020. The pilot is directed by Johan Renck, who directed all five episodes of Chernobyl.