The Last of Us Trailer: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey Struggle Through a Heartbreaking Apocalypse

The Last of Us trailer has a brief glimpse of Anna Torv as Tess too.

The Last of Us Trailer: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey Struggle Through a Heartbreaking Apocalypse

Photo Credit: Neil Druckmann/ HBO

The game's original writer Neil Druckmann has partnered with Craig Mazin for the live-action adaptation

Highlights
  • The Last of Us TV series is slated for a 2023 release on HBO Max
  • Based on the eponymous 2013 critically-acclaimed video game
  • Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Nick Offerman also part of cast

The Last of Us TV series trailer is out now. Following last month's small tease as part of an HBO Max sizzle reel, the studio has unveiled an almost two-minute-long trailer for the live-action adaptation, as part of Outbreak Day, an annual celebration of The Last of Us franchise held by developer Naughty Dog. Craig Mazin — best known for Chernobyl — has co-written the series with the game's original writer Neil Druckmann. The Last of Us TV series is slated for a 2023 release on HBO Max.

The teaser for The Last of Us is fashioned like a music video, showing brief clips of the lead characters, trying to survive through the post-pandemic era, as Hank Williams' “Alone and Forsaken” plays in the background. Following the plot beats of the 2013 PlayStation game, it follows Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, who becomes a delivery specialist/ smuggler, once a deadly virus annihilates almost all of humanity. Tasked with escorting Bella Ramsey's Ellie to a laboratory where scientists can study her blood — she's immune to the virus — he soon learns the value of human relationships and becomes a father figure to her.

In The Last of Us trailer, plenty of scenes seem to be ripped from the first game, including the collapsed skyscrapers, stealth segments around the infected clickers, and the chaotic opening segment, where Joel loses his blood daughter Sarah (Nico Parker). We also get a glimpse at Anna Torv's (Mindhunter) Tess, Joel's smuggler partner, as the trio make their way through giant pipes, whilst avoiding enemy attention. Nick Offerman's gruff, greasy-haired Bill is also seen aiming his gun at an enemy, with first looks at Gabriel Luna's (True Detective) Tommy and Merle Dandridge (Station 19) as Marlene, head of the Fireflies, a resistance movement hoping to gain freedom from the military.

While there is no dearth of zombie video games in this day and age, The Last of Us — and Telltale's The Walking Dead — won many hearts, thanks to its emotional storytelling that focuses on the human bond. It received critical acclaim upon launch, selling over 1.3 million units in the first week, on PlayStation 3. The studio also released a remastered version in 2014 for the PS4, and a “remake” for the current-gen PS5, earlier this month.

The Last of Us TV series is set to release sometime in 2023 on HBO Max. If HBO's deal with Disney Star is still in place then, The Last of Us will air on Disney+ Hotstar in India.


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The Last of Us

  • Release Date 16 January 2023
  • Genre Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Cast
    Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey
  • Director
    Kantemir Balagov
  • Music Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Producer
    Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann, Carolyn Strauss, Rose Lam, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan
  • Production
    Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
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Rahul Chettiyar
Rahul Chettiyar is a Sub-Editor at Gadgets 360 and writes about entertainment and video games. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, Sekiro and Elden Ring speed runs, and David Fincher video essays. Before joining here, he solely handled the gaming section at Indian Express Online. You can write to him at rahulr@ndtv.com or find him on Twitter and Letterboxd @Ch1ckenDumpl1ng More
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