Game of Thrones breakout star Bella Ramsey has been confirmed to take on a lead role in HBO’s The Last of Us series alongside fellow GoT costar Pedro Pascal.
Ramsey will play 14-year-old Ellie in the show, which is based on Neil Druckmann’s 2013 video game of the same name, while Pascal will play the teen's companion Joel.
"A VERY proud agent this morning," the 17-year-old's agent Georgie Davies shared on Twitter, which was retweeted by the young star.
"...no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for," Pascal tweeted.
"We’re thrilled to have Bella join the TLoU family!" Druckmann tweeted. "Aaaaand there’s the other half. Stoked to have Pedro aboard our show!"
True Detectives star Mahershala Ali was reportedly given an offer; however, sources said that the deal did not come to fruition. The network announced last month that Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot. Druckmann will team up with Craig Mazin, who created Chernobyl, to write the TV adaption and act as executive producers alongside Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
The show takes place 20 years after modern civilization was destroyed by an illness that turned victims into blood-thirsty mutants. Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, who may be the cure to the pandemic, out of an oppressive quarantine zone to a lab where a cure is being developed. The small job turns into a huge life-changing journey across the virus-ridden U.S. as the pair lean on each other to survive.
The Last of Us was first announced in March 2020 and was given the green light for an official series order in November.
In June, Naughty Dog released part two of the hit game eight years after the first came out in 2013. The Last of Us Part II won several awards at The Game Awards including Game of the Year.