This is the big rumor of the evening: the role of Joel in the series The Last of Us for HBO would have been offered to Mahershala Ali. pic.twitter.com/hHS40DsNIQ
– Maxime CHAO (@MaximeChao) February 10, 2021
Of course, very quickly, this choice was sharply criticized on social media, with some citing the actor’s unlike the character, while others spoke of Blackwashing in Hollywood. Still, Mahershala Ali has quite the stature and talent to take on a role as tortured as that of Joel Miller in The Last of Us. While waiting to learn more, and to confirm or deny this crazy rumor, know that the HBO series of The Last of Us is a co-production between Sony Picture Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Neil Druckmann, the game director of the game. We also know that it is Craig Mazin, the screenwriter of the Chernobyl series, who will ensure to write the story, but also to produce the film. If the director has not yet been found, know that it is the Russian director Kantemir Balagov who will direct the pilot, he who was awarded at Cannes and nominated for Oscar. The combo of all these talents is already shaping up to be explosive.