The Last of Us: HBO Reveals New Image of Pedro Pascal as Joel Alongside Bella Ramsey's Ellie

By Russ Milheim Updated:
Pedro Pascal, Joel, HBO

The Last of Us is one of the most renowned video games in all the industry, and it's one of Playstation's crown jewels. The story of Joel and Ellie's unlikely pairing across the apocalyptic United States made for one of the most emotional gaming experiences available.

So, of course, when it was announced that HBO had picked up a live-action adaptation of the famous game series, people were excited. The casting was spot-on as well, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey getting the honor of bringing the beloved characters of Joel and Ellie to life.

The world has been patiently waiting to get the first real glimpse of the show. The closest thing people have seen to that is an onset photo shared at the start of production

Well now, the time has come, and fans can see a tease of what Joel and Ellie will look like onscreen.

First Look at the Last of Us Revealed

Thanks to Neil Druckmann, the creative director behind both The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Part II, fans now have their first looks at Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in their roles of Ellie and Joel in the HBO adaption of the franchise.

The photo, released in celebration of Last of Us day, can be seen below:

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While there isn't much to be gained in terms of information from the new still, it's at least awesome to see the two in costume and brought to life. As for the plane crash they are looking at, there's no equivalent in the game of any importance—but perhaps that's an important destination for the two at this point in the show.

Joel and Ellie Starting Their Journey

HBO, The Last of Us, Playstation

The Last of Us day is a day of celebration that Naughty Dog recognizes, as it's the same day in the game's universe when patient zero of the virus was found. This makes the ninth year of the event, and what better way to honor it than share a look at the upcoming show? 

Joel and Ellie both look spot on, and the show is no doubt going to be faithful to the original games—especially since Neil Druckmann is involved. Though, the creatives behind the project did make it clear that fans should expect some changes, something which comes with adapting stories across mediums.

HBO's The Last of Us does not have a release date yet, but it's expected to drop at some point in 2022. It's probably safe to say that the show is going to be one of the most highly anticipated projects of next year. No pressure.

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Release Date
January 15, 2023
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.