This last Sunday, September 26, is a very special day in the universe of The Last of Us. The official Last of Us Day celebrated the anniversary of when the popular video game’s world turned apocalyptic. And to help celebrate this annual tradition, game developer Naughty Dog revealed the first image from the upcoming TV show.
The image shows stars Bella Ramsey (as Ellie) and Pedro Pascal (as Joel) looking out over what seems to be a plane crash in the middle of a field. The image doesn’t show either star’s face, but that behind-the-head shot is enough to get fans excited for what’s to come on the HBO show.
Traditionally known as Outbreak Day, Naughty Dog opted to change the name to Last of Us Day to avoid parallels with our current COVID-19 pandemic. The date has always been used to reveal new announcements in the game’s vast universe.
In addition to the live-action still, fans also got official word on new merchandise, including a limited edition statue and a vinyl soundtrack album featuring Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
When I first saw them on set in full costume, I was like: “Hooooooly shit! It’s Joel & Ellie! 😭!”
— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) September 27, 2021
This is our first real look at Pascal and Ramsey in their lead roles, which many fans have said fits the characters perfectly. Bella Ramsey is best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones and Pedro Pascal’s role as The Mandalorian is what has most recently skyrocketed him to stardom.
Additional cast members include Terminator: Dark Fate’s Gabriel Luna as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Joel’s daughter Sarah, and Merle Dandridge as Marlene. Dandridge also played Marlene in the games as well.