Could Mahershala Ali play Joel in the upcoming HBO TV series adaptation of the hit video game? The last of us? That could be the case according to a new report from The Illuminerdi. The Oscar-winning actor is rumored to have been offered the lead role of Joel, the hardened survivor who serves as a playable character in the video game. According to the report, Ali has not yet registered. HBO has yet to officially comment on the rumors.
Originally released in 2013, The last of us was developed by Naughty Dog for the Sony PlayStation 3 console. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic United States years after a zombie-like virus devastated the world. Players take control of Joel, a smuggler hired to escort a teenage girl named Ellie across the country for reasons that become clear as the story progresses. In addition to the meat-hungry creatures, Joel and Ellie must also fight murderous raiders to survive.
Last year, it was announced that a television adaptation of The last of us it was in the works on HBO. Along with play writer Neil Druckmann, Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin was chosen to help write and executive produce the series. Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions and director Johan Renck will join the project as executive producers. Kantemir Balagov will also direct the pilot episode.
The television received the green light months ago, but HBO has yet to officially announce any casting decisions. Since then, fans have been speculating about the different possibilities of who could play Joel and Ellie. game of Thrones Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was a popular name that came up as a good fit for Joel, though there is no indication that he was ever considered for the role. Meanwhile, digital artist BossLogic cast Chris Evans as Joel in a fan artwork featuring Mckenna Grace as Ellie.
An accomplished actor, Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in both Moonlight Y Green Book. On the small screen, he has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the shows. House of cards, Real detectiveY Framework. He is also remembered for his recurring roles in other series such as The 4400, Luke cageY Race for the White House.
Ali may not end up playing Joel in The last of us, but the actor has another important role already prepared. It will make its Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a new Sword film, taking on the role played by Wesley Snipes in the previous film trilogy. Called Blade the vampire slayer, the new movie will be written by Watchmen writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour. A release date for the film has not yet been set.
Meanwhile, Ali’s next role can be seen next month at Invincible, Amazon’s animated superhero drama series based on Robert Kirkman’s comic of the same name. Ali will play the superhero Titan as part of a cast that also includes Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, Mark Hamill, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Jon Hamm, and Clancy Brown. Invincible will launch on Amazon Prime Video on March 26, 2021. This information comes from The Illuminerdi.
Topics: The Last of Us, HBO Max, Video Games