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'The Last Of Us' Game Actor Reprising Their Role For HBO TV Show

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'The Last Of Us' Game Actor Reprising Their Role For HBO TV Show

HBO's forthcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us has a lot of us pretty excited. Given the source material, and the talent so far confirmed - The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal plays Joel, and Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey will play Ellie - we're expecting something of high quality (for a gaming crossover, anyway).

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What we've all been hoping for, though, is some kind of acting talent connection to the Naughty Dog games. We know that Gabriel Luna will appear as Joel's brother, Tommy, in the show - he's probably best known to viewers for his roles in Terminator: Dark Fate and True Detective. But now we have news of another significant supporting character, and who will fill their shoes in the HBO production. And they do come to us straight from the gaming world.

We've our own ideas for a dream cast for The Last Of Us - please do check it out in the video below...

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The Hollywood Reporter confirms that actress Merle Dandridge will play the role of Marlene in the HBO show - just as she did in the 2013 game and its 2020 sequel (our review). Dandridge has a number of exceptional musical credits to her name, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Rent, and also voices Alyx Vance in Valve's Half-Life series.

Merle Dandrige / Credit: Untitled Korsh Company, Hypnotic Films & Television, Universal Cable Productions
Merle Dandrige / Credit: Untitled Korsh Company, Hypnotic Films & Television, Universal Cable Productions

Marlene, you'll recall, is the head of the Fireflies, a group that rallied against the occupying military forces in the original The Last of Us. She is the character who sets Joel off on his cross-America journey to deliver Ellie to her ultimate destination, and a life-or-death scenario that went rather south, rather fast, for anyone who wasn't Joel. Is he the baddie? That's a whole other story, huh.

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There's still no release date set for HBO's The Last of Us, but we know that it's going to take some substantial deviations from the story of the games. And speaking of the interactive takes on a world of Clickers and rather more monstrous beings (um, other people, basically), the story for the third main game has apparently already been written.

Featured Image Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Topics: HBO, PlayStation, TV, The Last Of Us

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