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HBO's 'The Last Of Us' Officially Casts Nick Offerman As Bill

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HBO's 'The Last Of Us' Officially Casts Nick Offerman As Bill

Update 07/12/2021:

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Well, there it is. It's been confirmed that Nick Offerman will indeed appear in HBO's The Last Of Us as none other than Bill, the grump weapons expert who (mostly) lives alone in the town on Lincoln.

While many immediately assumed Offerman would be the perfect choice to play Bill, others quickly pointed out that the role had already been cast. Con O’Neill was previously signed up for the part, but it appears the character recast, with Offerman stepping in due to a scheduling conflict that prevented O’Neill from filming.

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HBO's upcoming live-action adaptation of The Last Of Us has reportedly cast Nick Offerman in an undisclosed role.

Offerman is perhaps best known as the meat-loving Libertarian Ron Swanson in the beloved comedy series Parks And Recreation, but he's had a string of more dramatic roles in recent years. He appeared as the war veteran-turned-con artist Karl Weathers in the second season of Fargo, for example.

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News of Offerman's casting has yet to be officially announced, but one of The Last Of Us cast appears to have let the cat out of the bag early. Murray Bartlett, who will play grumpy survivor Bill's partner Frank, mentioned that he filmed a handful of scenes with Offerman in an interview with The Guardian.

"We filmed it in Calgary. A lot of my scenes are with Nick Offerman," Bartlett said. "Playing off him was awesome."

Given that Frank is a character we never actually see alive in the original video game, I'm going to bet that Offerman will be playing someone we've never met before. Perhaps he's a figure that comes into Frank and Bill's life and convinces Frank to leave? Or perhaps he's someone we'll only see in pre-breakout flashbacks? Whatever the case, if he knows Frank I can't imagine he's going to meet a very nice fate.

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Anyway, I honestly can't wait to see what Offerman does in The Last Of Us. As a keen outdoorsman and hunter, I'd imagine he'd do just fine in most post apocalyptic situations to be honest. Heck, maybe he's actually just playing himself? I'd be okay with that.

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Topics: The Last Of Us

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