If you haven’t had a chance to check out HBO Max’s trailer for its 2022 line-up, then you definitely need to because it is overflowing with first-looks at a number of series set to hit screens next year. But one very noticeable exception that caught our eye by not catching our eye? Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin‘s upcoming HBO series adaptation of the video game franchise The Last of Us. Especially with production already underway, the vibe was that the series would see the light of day when 2022 rolls around. And we were expecting to see something for it, so we would be lying if we said we weren’t surprised. Now with that said, this is a trailer for all of next year being released in December 2021 so nothing is written in stone one way or another. But still, the absence was about a 6-7 on our 10-point arched brow “Oh, really?” scale.
HBO’s The Last of Us stars Bella Ramsey (Ellie), Pedro Pascal (Joel), Gabriel Luna (Tommy, Joel’s younger brother), Nico Parker (Sarah), Merle Dandridge (resistance leader Marlene), Jeffrey Pierce (Perry), Anna Torv (Tess), Nick Offerman (Bill), and Murray Bartlett (Frank). Now here’s a look at HBO Max’s trailer, which does include looks at Westworld Season 4, Peacemaker, Our Flag Means Death, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and more:
Based on the critically acclaimed video game developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms, the story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone to the Fireflies, a cure-searching organization. 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.
Ramsey’s Ellie is a 14-year-old who has never known anything but a ravaged planet, struggling to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging … as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world. Luna’s Tommy is Joel’s younger brother- a formal soldier who still holds on to his sense of idealism and hope for a better world. Dandridge’s Marlene is the head of the Fireflies, a resistance movement struggling for freedom against an oppressive military regime, while Parker has been tapped for the role of Joel’s daughter, Sarah. Pierce is set to recur as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone. Bartlett has been cast as Frank and Offerman as Bill, two post-pandemic survivalists living alone in their own isolated town. Torv’s Tess is a smuggler and hardened survivor in a post-pandemic world who (at least in the video game) works with Joel to survive and smuggle weapons in & out of Boston, and accompanies Joel on the mission to smuggle Ellie to the Fireflies.
Written by Mazin and Druckmann with Kantemir Balagov (Beanpole, Closeness) directing the pilot, the series is set to be executive produced by Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash & Carter Swan, Mazin, and Druckmann. The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, with PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog producing. Academy Award nominee Jasmila Žbanić (Quo vadis, Aida) and Ali Abbasi (Border) join pilot-director Balagov in the director’s chair.