HBO has finally released a teaser trailer for its upcoming post-apocalyptic series, The Last of Us – which you can check out below.
The release comes on The Last of Us day, or Outbreak day – if you prefer, in which Naughty Dog celebrates the franchise with its die-hard fanbase.
The series is based on the critically-acclaimed video game of the same name and takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Previous teases have given us a glimpse of what’s to come, but the arrival of the trailer gives us a detailed look at Joel and Ellie’s exploits in all their live-action glory.
The Mandalorian himself Pedro Pascal stars as Joe, alongside Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey who plays Ellie. The series has an impressive ensemble cast which also includes Gabriel Luna as Joel’s brother Tommy, Merle Dandridge as Marlene (the leader of the rebel group the Fireflies), Nico Parker as Joel’s daughter Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank. Nick Offerman as Bill, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Storm Reid as Riley, Anna Torv as Tess, and Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey.
Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will write and executive produce along with Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director for the video games.
Mazin has previously shared his excitement in teaming up with Druckmann on the series, saying:
“Neil Druckmann is without question the finest storyteller working in the video game medium, and The Last of Us is his magnum opus. Getting a chance to adapt this breathtaking work of art has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m so honored to do it in partnership with Neil.”
The Last of Us is set to arrive on HBO in 2023.