Mahershala Ali was rumored to be in the running for the role of Joel in the HBO television series adaptation The Last of Us, but is currently not cast.
Update: Mahershala Ali wasn’t offered the role of Joel on HBO The last of us T.V. series, but it was rumored that he was in the running for the role.
Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali was rumored to be in the running for the role of Joel in the HBO television adaptation The Last of Us.
Ali was reported to be considering this offer, as reported by The Illuminerdi; However, the actor was not cast or offered the role of Joel at the time of writing. From HBO The last of us is based on the Naughty Dog video game of the same name, which was released in 2013.
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Joel on HBO’s The last of us describes himself as “a fierce survivor” in his forties, “having lost everything and everyone he loves and [having] become callous and hardened by the devastation of the pandemic that destroyed civilization. “If Ali signs, it would be his second big HBO project after playing Wayne Hays in the third season of True Detective.
Ali’s other television roles include Remy Danton in House of cards, Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes on Luke cage and Sheikh Malik in Framework. He will also lend his voice to the upcoming Invincible animated series as Titan, a vigilante who joins the titular superhero in his war on crime.
On the movie side, Ali is destined to star in the upcoming reboot of the Blade movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That project has yet to receive an official release date.
Sony announced plans to make a film adaptation of The last of us in 2014, with original game co-director / writer Neil Druckmann writing the script and Sam Raimi producing. However, the project had trouble moving forward after that and had fallen into development limbo in 2016.
In November 2020, HBO gave a series order to the television show The Last of Us, with Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Carolyn Strauss (game of Thrones) serving as executive producers. Druckmann, who is now co-chairman of Naughty Dog, will also produce alongside Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
The HBO synopsis The last of us read,
Based on the critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us, developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation® platforms, the story takes place twenty years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to get Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and heartbreaking journey, as both must traverse the United States and depend on each other to survive.
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. Director Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot episode of the series.
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Source: The Illuminerdi
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