Any fan of the Playstation exclusive and classic, The Last of Us, has two things to be both immensely excited and precautious about with both a movie adaption and a speculated follow-up game in the works. Neil Druckmann, who was writer and creative director for The Last of Us, has touched on the subject of both the Movie and the Sequel. On the Movie adaption, he displayed that, ideally, he would want the voice actress of Ellie in the game, Ashley Johnson, to play the same role in the movie. He then goes on to suggest that the original voice actors might be included in the film in some way. But, of course, he avoids specifics.
"In an ideal world, Ashley Johnson would be 14. But there's some way to get those actors into the film." said Naughty Dog.
Naughty Dog has also openly announced their consideration of Maisie Williams as Ellie. Who has already established her prominence in the role of a strong and young female character in her role as Arya on Game of Thrones. In fact, the similarities between her current role and the role of Ellie are numerous. There are a number of various suggestions in the air for this role (some that you may have even thought of) but the age bracket of the role restrict the options quite considerably. Druckmann has also said that the process of shortening the 12-19 hour game time to a streamlined 2 hour movie experience would be a definite challenge and would require stripping it down to the essentials. This, of course, brings to question whether the emotional impact of the story will be left intact.
On the unofficial, "The Last of Us 2", there is significantly less things to talk about. On the chances of a follow-up, Druckmann says "Right now I'd say it's 50/50." Neither Naughty Dog nor Druckmann have revealed whether a sequel, if it were to happen, would focus on the same protagonists of the previous game or if they would focus on a brand new cast. There were a lot of things that were left unanswered when the credits rolled at the end of the original title. Half of which were the lingering missing pieces of Joel's past and the other half was along the subject of his, and Ellie's, future. Were things left like this at the end to allow room for a sequel title if they wanted to or was it simply done to leave players to fill in the blanks for themselves and/or to preserve the mystery of Joel's personality?
What do you think about the Movie adaption and the sequel? Who do you think should be cast of these now iconic and unforgettable roles? What should the sequel be about, if it were to be made? Or should the title be left as a untouched legacy, with not adaption or follow-up?