Merle Dandridge, who portrayed Marlene in The Last of Us games, will reprise the role in the live-action HBO series.
In The Last of Us and The Last of Us 2, Marlene is the head of a resistance movement called the Fireflies, and it’s nice to know fans of the series will have a familiar voice in Dandridge to help immerse them in the HBO series.
Dandridge has had many video game gigs over the years having voice Alyx Vance in the Half-Life games and as Legion Commander and Winter Wyvern in Dota 2. Dandridge also voiced Evelyn and one of the nuns in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and has appeared in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gabriel Luna has also joined the cast to play Joel’s younger brother, Tommy.
HBO’s TV adaptation will also star Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Bella Ramsey cast as Ellie.
Pascal is known for playing Oberyn Martell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and as the protagonist in Disney’s The Mandalorian. Ramsey was also in Game of Thrones and starred as Lyanna Mormont.
Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot for the adaptation and it is being helmed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and executive produced and written by Neil Druckmann.
Druckmann and Mazin will executive produce the series alongside Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Qizilbash and Carter Swan.
Since the show is still in the early stages of production, an air date has not been set.