The Last of Us: How the Mandalorian Prepared Pedro Pascal for his role as Joel

Star Wars’ Pedro Pascal is now set to play Joel in HBO’s The Last of Us thanks to his experience with Din Djarin on The Mandalorian.

Pedro Pascal has quickly come a long way from his fan-favorite role as Oberyn Martell in game of Thrones in 2014. More recently, he became known for playing dads or father figures to great effect in films such as We can be heroes Y Wonder Woman 1984along with his time as Din Djarin in The mandalorian. What’s more, Pascal’s experience bringing gray-haired bounty hunter Din to life in a galaxy far, far away has already prepared him for his recently confirmed role as Joel in the upcoming HBO television series adaptation. The last of us video games.

Like the original Naughty Dog games, HBO The last of us It will resume twenty years after the collapse of human civilization due to the outbreak of a deadly disease that turns its hosts into zombie-like creatures known as the Infected. In some ways, the show’s setting is similar to that of The mandalorian, which takes place in the Outer Rim of the Star Wars universe five years after Emperor Palpatine’s defeat in Return of the Jedi. If anything, however, the galaxy has become a more dangerous and lawless place ever since, even as the New Republic attempts to restore order and hunt down the last remnants of the Galactic Empire.

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Like Din makes a living hunting bounties at the beginning of The mandalorian, The last of us It begins with Joel working as a smuggler in one of the many quarantine zones set up for those who survived the pandemic. The two characters even have equally tragic backstories; While Din was adopted by the Mandalorians after being orphaned at a young age, Joel’s daughter Sarah was shot and killed in his arms as the couple fled the chaos caused by the initial outbreak. For that reason, Din clings to the teachings of the Mandalorian cult group that raised him in the same way that Joel still wears the now-broken watch Sarah gave him years after her death.

The plot of The last of us is set in motion when Joel agrees to smuggle a teenage girl named Ellie into the Fireflies, a rebel militia that opposes oppressive police forces that maintain authority over the quarantine zones. Again, this is very similar to the story of The mandalorian, which begins with Din accepting a commission from a client booked to retrieve and bring back a mysterious baby who is referred to as “The Child.” Of course, complications arise when Din and “The Child” bond over the course of their adventure together, and Din ultimately chooses to renege on their deal and run away with his possible reward.

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Eventually, Din discovers that “El NiƱo” is a Force-sensitive being hunted by former Imperials who seek to use his blood for their own nefarious purposes. Likewise, over the course of their journey, Joel soon discovers that Ellie is immune to global disease and the fireflies hope to use her to develop a cure. As with Din and “The Child” in The mandalorian, Joel and Ellie grow closer throughout their travels in The last of us, with each of them doing their part to help the other stay alive. Soon, they also come to appreciate how much emotional baggage the other carries, perhaps even more than Din and her adopted son.

Obvious surface difference between The mandalorian Y The last of us Besides, there’s a lot of overlap between the two, from their often identical storylines to the way their traumatized bounty hunter leads begin to emotionally open up after caring for someone younger while working. It is true that The last of us take Joel’s bow to places darker than The mandalorian He’s done it so far with Din, but that’s why it’s good that Pascal prepared to play Joel by playing Din first. After all, if the actor can be as convincing as he is in The mandalorian while covering his face most of the time, one imagines that he will be much more attractive without masks on the HBO series.

Written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, HBO’s The Last of Us is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and stars Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Pedro Pascal as Joel. Director Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode of the series.

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