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The Last of Us premieres on HBO in January

HBO Max app quietly leaks show’s release date

pedro pascal crouching, with bella ramsey at his side Image: HBO
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

At long last, The Last of Us live-action series for HBO has a premiere date: Jan 15, 2023.

The Last of Us’ release date was outed Tuesday by a description on HBO Max. On Wednesday, HBO and Naughty Dog made it official with a new poster showing Joel and Ellie walking through an overgrown city, with the Cordyceps fungus at the root of the series’ apocalyptic destruction ominously creeping out toward them.

Based on Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic adventure game of the same name, The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones) as Joel and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, Hilda) as Ellie. The first few glimpses of the show have all looked incredibly faithful to the video game.

The series is created by Craig Mazin, the creator and writer behind HBO’s Chernobyl. The series is being developed and executive produced by Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog, the studio that developed both The Last of Us video games.

The Last of Us will be led by Game of Thrones breakout stars Pedro Pascal, who will play Joel, and Bella Ramsey, who will play Ellie. The series will also include Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) as Tommy and Anna Torv (Mindhunter) as Tess. Rounding out the cast are Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker, the original actors for Ellie and Joel in the video games, also star in undisclosed roles.

The Last of Us season 1 will run 10 episodes.

Update (Nov. 2): This story has been updated with confirmed details from HBO and Naughty Dog.