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The Last Of Us survivors Joel and Ellie get the red carpet treatment in this beautiful poster painted by Alice X. Zhang, who is well known for their illustrations of DC, Marvel, Disney, BBC, and Lucasfilm characters.
HBO's adaptation of the acclaimed action game from Naughty Dog was announced in early 2020, catching onto the coattails of the trend of video game TV shows and movies like The Witcher, Mortal Kombat, and Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet. Creative director Neil Druckmann is working with Craig Mazin to translate the experience of the game to the small screen, and he couldn't be in better company. Mazin created the harrowing historical drama miniseries Chernobyl, which won Emmys for its storyline, its direction, and for the show as a feat in and of itself. Furthermore, Kantemir Balagov was brought on board to direct, and he directed the "rigorous and indulgent, rewarding and aggravating" movie, Beanpole, which explored the effect of World War 2 on Leningrad.
Last week, we finally learned who will be pulling on the weather-worn green flannel and who will be boasting the scars from an infected's bite, and fans were over the moon with the castings. The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal is Joel, and breakout star Bella Ramsey is Ellie, and honestly, it makes so much sense. Best of all, the outpouring of excitement and support in response to the news is heartwarming. The community of The Last Of Us have been putting pen to paper to represent the actors as their favourite characters, and this piece from Zhang is a real showstopper.
Me pretending to work for The Last of Us on HBO pic.twitter.com/TYJneBytDP- Alice X. Zhang (@alicexz) February 19, 2021
"Me pretending to work for The Last of Us on HBO," said the artist when they shared their poster to Twitter. Let's cut right to the chase: it's gorgeous. The use of colour on a black and white image is at once an expression of adoration and passion for the game and one of the trademarks that made Zhang famous for their portraits. There's a dynamism to this piece that isn't there in the original poster. The latter seems to state plainly that things will stay the same, no matter the choices of these two characters. With regards to the events of the second game, it's correct, to an extent. However, Zhang's artwork enlivens the static poses of Joel and Ellie, bringing fierce intensity to the teenager's glare and (dare I say it) a glimmer of optimism to the man's choice to look away from the viewer. All in all, well done, it's an awesome piece of work!
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