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HBO’s ‘The Last Of Us’ Joel And Ellie Image Looks Just Like The Video Game

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 27, 2021

HBO and Naughty Dog have released the very first official image of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie from the big-budget TV adaptation currently being filmed in Canada.

I’m not sure yet how to feel about the casting. Pascal is great, but he’s in everything these days. I’m not sure I want my Mandalorian and my Joel to be played by the same guy. And Bella Ramsey I only know from Game Of Thrones where she was great but in such a limited role I have no idea what to expect from her in a much larger, much less British part.

Here’s the image HBO released Sunday:

It looks like a damn video game, doesn’t it? The back of Pedro Pascal here looks uncannily like Joel from the PlayStation exclusive. Ramsey less so simply because her hair has more volume than the pixel version. For comparison’s sake, behold:

I mean, it’s startlingly similar. I’m impressed by the commitment to making the show look like you could play the characters with your gamepad. Pretty wild.

This is the second time I’ve said this, by the way. When images of the sets found their way online earlier this year I was struck by just how much they looked like the game. Check out those images here.

The show is set to release on HBO sometime in 2022. The original (and best of the two) games came out in 2013. It remains one of my favorites largely thanks to its monumental storytelling—something the second game tried and failed to replicate.

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