What do you do after taking the Star Wars universe by storm? You conquer one of the biggest video game hits to date. At least, that’s what Pedro Pascal is doing. Deadline reports that Pascal has been added to the cast of The Last of Us, the HBO adaptation of the critically acclaimed Sony Playstation game.
The series was announced back in March 2020 and will be led by Neil Druckmann, one of the writers and programmers behind the game, and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. The story takes place about 20 years after a deadly pandemic has ravaged the country and ended modern civilization. Pascal will play Joel, a survivor toughened by traumatic experiences who is hired to smuggle a 14-year-old girl named Ellie out of a police quarantine zone. Ellie, who will be played by Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey, might have a special immunity that could save humanity, so the two begin a dangerous trek across the U.S., where they rely on each other as things become direr and direr.
Fans are already excited to hear Pascal has been looped into the project, but his casting is making some worry about what this will mean for season 3 of The Mandalorian. According to Deadline, the Chilean-American actor “will continue on the Star Wars series, where he is used sparingly because of the nature of his character.” It’s unclear exactly how many appearances he’ll make on the Disney+ favorite moving forward since his main priority will be The Last of Us.
He reportedly got multiple big acting offers when he became available for a new series and recently starred as Max Lord, the villain in Wonder Woman 1984. He’s also in production on the Judd Apatow meta-comedy The Bubble, which will premiere on Netflix. Regardless of where we will see him, more Pascal is always a good thing!