HBO has released the first teaser for the video game adaptation The last of usand it seems to be very true to the tone of the game.
Scored on Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken,” the teaser shows a series of bleak landscapes and tense situations as it builds up the show’s post-apocalyptic world. There are only a few desperate-sounding lines of voiceover, the last being a whispered “Save whoever you can.” The teaser (watch it below) also revealed a 2023 premiere date for the show.
The last of us takes place 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. It’s all about Joel (Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian), a hardened survivor of the Apocaplypse, who is hired to kill a 14-year-old girl named Ellie (Game of Thrones alum Bella Ramsey) from a cramped quarantine zone. The seemingly small job turns into a brutal journey as they depend on each other for survival.
Ordered for series in 2020, the show comes from Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) – who has an overall deal with HBO – and Neil Druckmann, the game’s writer and creative director. HBO and Sony Pictures TV are producing the series with PlayStation Productions, Word Games and The last of us developer Naughty Dog.
The cast also includes Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Anna Torv, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker. Dandridge, Johnson and Baker all did voice work on the video game; Dandridge will reprise her role as Marlene on the show, while Johnson and Baker – who have the voices of Ellie and Joel – will play different roles.
Mazin and Druckmann co-produce with Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan and Rose Lam.
Watch the teaser for The last of us below.