The Last Of Us: Merle Dandridge Joins Cast For Series Adaptation At HBO

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Merle Dandridge is the latest name to join the cast of HBO’s series adaptation of the popular video game franchise The Last Of Us.

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The Last Of Us is set twenty years after modern civilisation has been destroyed by a sickness that renders victims dangerous, blood-thirsty mutants. Hardened survivor Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, a fourteen-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, breathtaking journey as the unlikely duo depends on each other for survival.

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Merle Dandridge (whose credits include Greenleaf and The Flight Attendant) will be playing the role of Marlene, the head of the Fireflies, a resistance movement struggling for against an oppressive military regime.

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What makes this casting announcement particularly interesting is that Merle Dandridge is the voice behind the character in the 2013 video game, as well as its 2020 sequel.

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The series is being written by Chernobyl limited series creator Craig Mazin, and will also serve as executive producer alongside Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of the video game franchise, and Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot.

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Merle Dandridge will join a cast that includes Pedro PascalBella Ramsey and Gabriel Luna.