Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s The Last of Us on HBO is receiving rave reviews from critics.
The Last of Us has received its first reviews, letting viewers know what to anticipate from the upcoming live-action adaptation of the well-known Naughty Dog video game series. Based on the reviews of 27 critics, The Last of Us presently has a 100% rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. HBO couldn’t have asked for a better outcome before the start of the broadcast.
This coming Sunday, HBO will broadcast the premiere of The Last of Us. One of the longest HBO debuts to date, the program clocks in at 85 minutes. In contrast, the August 2022 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon lasted 66 minutes.
A computer game called The Last of Us was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It centers on a smuggler named Joel and a 14-year-old girl named Ellie who might be able to stop the terrible outbreak that gave rise to the game’s post-apocalyptic setting.
As they battle to survive while traveling across America, Joel, who was contracted to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine area, learns that the adolescent girl is as dependent on him as he is on her.
The original game’s events are anticipated to be covered in The Last of Us’ HBO adaptation, with the second game serving as a potential source for extra material. The new series is anticipated to have an overall budget of about $200 million, with each episode costing roughly $10 million. This makes it one of the most expensive shows ever made. In contrast, the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones had an episode budget of $15 million.
Craig Mazin, who created the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, who served as the game’s writer and creative director, are working on the adaptation of The Last of Us. Brad Leland, Elaine Miles, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, and Murray Bartlett will join the movie. Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Melanie Lynskey, Nico Parker, Storm Reid, and Merle Dandridge are also featured in the cast.
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, the two actors who played Joel and Ellie in the two Last of Us computer games, are also expected to appear in the HBO adaptation as brand-new characters. Johnson is on board as a pregnant mother, and Baker is portraying a character named James who is described as “a senior member of a group of settlers.”
On January 15, 2023, The Last of Us on HBO makes its debut.