Pedro Pascal / Bella Ramsay
Today, Variety announced that two Game of Thrones stars will take part in the filming of the new HBO series, The Last of Us. Roles in the project based on the computer game of the same name went to Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay (in “Game of Thrones” Pedro played Prince Oberyn Martell, and Bella played Lyanna Mormont). It is also interesting that the director of the first few episodes (how many of them will be in the season is still unknown) of the series “The Last of Us” was the 29-year-old Russian film director Kantemir Balagov, the author of the sensational films “Dylda” and “Tightness”.
The plot of the new HBO series will unfold in a post-apocalyptic future in the former US territory after a global pandemic of a mutated fungus. Pascal will play the role of a smuggler named Joel, and Ramsay will play the girl Ellie. Despite the fact that Pedro and Bella have previously starred in the same project, this will be the first time they intersect on the set. The fact is that Pascal left “Game of Thrones” after the fourth season, and the audience met the heroine Ramsay only in the fifth.
Peter Dinklage and Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones
Kantemir Balagov has already commented on the news that the stars of “Game of Thrones” will appear in his new project. In his instagram, he published a collage of pictures of Pedro and Bella (the frames were taken from “Game of Thrones”), and also admitted that he was already looking forward to working with them:
Joel and Ellie. I’m so excited!
Peter Dinklage and Bella Ramsay in Game of Thrones
Kantemir Balagov’s work on the pilot release of the new HBO series became known back in mid-February. Initially, Johan Renck, the creator of the popular mini-series “Chernobyl”, was supposed to take his directorial chair, but in the end he could not find time in his work schedule.
I write with shaking hands. Dreams Come True. I am a big fan of The Last Of Us and I will never forget how this game opened something new in me, showed something that I had not seen in myself before. Until recently, I did not believe that this would be possible. Dream, family!
– this is how Balagov commented on his new appointment.
Bella Ramsay on Game of Thrones
The Last of Us series will be produced by the showrunner of the previously mentioned HBO series Chernobyl Craig Mazin and the creator of the computer game Neil Druckmann. Another of our compatriots, Ksenia Sereda, may become the operator of the pilot episode: now this issue is already being coordinated by the creators of the series. She has previously worked with Balagov on the film “Dylda”.
Recall that in the film environment, Kantemir Balagov is called one of the most promising young Russian directors. He made his debut in 2017 with the film Tightness, for which he later won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, at the same competition, Balagov presented his second film “Dylda”, after which he was awarded the prize for the best director. Dylda was also shortlisted for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category, but ultimately did not make it to the final list of nominees.