The creator of The Last of Us saw the perfect Ellie in Bella Ramsey.
HBO’s The Last of Us series premieres in just a few days and most fans are waiting with bated breath to see how they’ve been able to adapt the story and characters of the game to the small screen. From what we have been able to see so far, although from time to time it will take its own creative licenses, the series will recreate some of the most loved and remembered scenes from the Naughty Dog game starring Eliie and Joel. As for the protagonists, while Pedro Pascal seems to have the entire public in his pocket in his role as Joel, Bella Ramsey she has received more criticism for being chosen to play Ellie. Today we have been able to meet what other actresses were considered for the role of Ellie before settling on Bella Ramsey.
Despite having amply demonstrated her talent as an actress in large productions like Game of Thronessome fans are not happy with the choice of Bella Ramsey to play Ellie because physically it doesn’t look like much to the game model. Something that could also be questioned in the case of Pedro Pascal, but to a lesser extent. We’ll see if once the series premieres and we see the actress in action, all the prejudices.
More options to play Ellie
In a recent interview with showrunner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and co-writer/director/executive producer Neil Druckmann (creator of The Last of Us) with The Hollywood ReporterDruckmann assured that covering the role of Ellie was an important issue, so they came to interview “dozens and dozens” of female candidates. The Ellie in the series, as in the game, had to be “tough, vulnerable, and wise beyond her years, and also have potential for violence“.
Druckmann reveals that for the role of Ellie they were considered actresses of the stature of maisie williamsknown for playing Arya Star in Game of Thrones, or Kaitlyn Dever, famous for her role in Olivia Wylde’s Super Nerds. Kaitlyn Dever even took a board reading test for the role, Druckmann says, but both actresses were already too old to be considered to play Ellie in this adaptation of HBO’s The Last of Us.
Finally, Mazin and Druckmann chose Bella Ramsey among the other options. “Bella felt so real… It was like seeing Ellie in real actionit didn’t feel like watching an actor,” he concludes.
Bella Ramsey certainly seems to have won the hearts of Druckmann and the rest of the team, we’ll see what the gaming community thinks of her version of Ellie when The Last of Us series finally hits HBO next January 15. And it will not be the only news of the franchise this year, later there will be news of the multiplayer project of The Last of Us.
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