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(Pocket-lint) – One of the greatest games of all time, The Last of Us, is being adapted for the small screen.

Announced during the summer of 2021, it has since started in production and is expected to wrap in mid-2022.

Here’s everything we know about it so far.

The Last of Us TV series season 1 release date rumours

There is no official release date as yet.

Considering full production is only just ending (as of June 2022), it was always unlikely to premiere this year and that has proved to be the case. HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys confirmed that the show won’t be on our screens until 2023 at the earliest: “It’s not 2022,” he said.

Filming has reportedly finished, but the post effects process is a massive undertaking, we would imagine.

The Last of Us TV series: How to watch

The show is being produced by PlayStation Productions and Naughty Dog for HBO. That means season one and beyond will be exclusive to HBO in the States.

Thanks to a deal between HBO and Sky, it will almost certainly be shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Other regions have other local deals.

What is the best streaming device for your TV? Our top recommendation is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Also excellent are the Google Chromecast with Google TV, the Roku Express 4K, the Apple TV 4K and the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The Last of Us TV series: Rumours and news

First announced in June 2020, The Last of Us will be an adaptation of the videogame from Naughty Dog. Season one might also feature some story points from The Last of Us Part 2, although that is yet to be confirmed.

It follows the unlikely duo of Joel and Ellie as they trek across a post-apocalyptic United States, plagued with zombie-like mutants (the infected) and deadly human bandits. She is immune to the plant-based disease that has affected a vast number of the population, so could be mankind’s last hope. Joel’s task is to deliver her to the Fireflies – a militaristic group looking to save the world at any cost.

The show is written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, with numerous directors on board to handle the episodes. The pilot has been helmed by Kantemir Balagov (Closeness, Beanpole), while the game’s director, Neil Druckmann, is also down to direct at least one episode of the TV series.

He tweeted the first official image of the production in September 2021, showing Joel and Ellie from the rear. Their styling is nigh-on identical to their counterparts in the game.

The Last of Us TV series: Cast

Joel Miller is being played by The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones and Narcos star, Pedro Pascal. Ellie is played by Bella Ramsey, also of Game of Thrones fame.

An image of the two of them was released by HBO in June 2022. It shows them hiding from a Clicker – one of the deadly infected that roam the post apocalyptic streets and buildings. You can just about see it in the darkness above them.

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Others attached to the project include Gabriel Luna as Joel’s brother Tommy, Murray Bartlett as Frank, and Merle Dandridge as Marlene. Anna Torv (Mindhunter) plays Tess, while Euphoria’s Storm Reid has been confirmed for the role of Ellie’s friend Riley.

The daughter of Thandie Newton, Nico Parker, is playing Joel’s daughter Sarah.

The Last of Us TV series: Trailers

Sadly, there are no trailers for the series as yet.

Writing by Rik Henderson.

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