Production has officially kicked off in Calgary on HBO’s “The Last of Us” TV series with actor Gabriel Luna posting a photo from the set.
The shot shows Luna, armed with more hair curls than we’re used to seeing him with, joined by Pedro Pascal and Nico Parker. The trio plays the Miller family in the series – Pascal as Joel, Luna as his brother Tommy and Nico as Joel’s daughter Sarah.
The series is expected to follow the original PlayStation game, for the most part, pulling back on some action for more character work. This would suggest this happy family together time will be short-lived as modern civilization collapses due to a biological apocalypse involving fungal spores.
The main story is set years later when Joel and Tommy have become estranged, with Joel encountering Tommy on his journey to smuggle a fourteen-year-old girl named Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. Merle Dandridge also stars, reprising her game role of Marlene.
The series hails from “Chernobyl” showrunner Craig Mazin, “Game of Thrones” producer Carolyn Strauss and the game’s writer and creative director Neil Druckmann.
HBO and Sony Pictures TV are producing along with PlayStation Productions, Word Games and game developer Naughty Dog. Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode.