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'The Last of Us': Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey are Joel and Ellie in first photo

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'The Last of Us': Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey are Joel and Ellie in first photo
Pedro Pascal appears in the first photo from HBO's "The Last of Us" series. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey bring their characters Joel and Ellie to life in a new photo from HBO's upcoming television adaptation of PlayStation video game series, The Last of Us.

HBO uploaded the photo of Pascal as Joel and Ramsey as Ellie with their backs turned to Twitter on Sunday in celebration of The Last of Us Day.

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Joel and Ellie are overlooking a crashed airplane in the image. HBO also stated that production is underway.

The Last of Us Day is a community celebration for the series that marks the date when the video game's fictional virus started to spread.

The Last of Us follows rugged survivor Joel and the younger Ellie as they travel across a post-apocalyptic United States that was ravaged by the virus 20 years earlier. The virus turns people into vicious creatures known as The Infected. Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie past a quarantine zone as the teenager might be the key to a cure.

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Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) is writing the television adaptation along with writer and creative director of the video game series, Neil Druckmann. Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi are set to direct.

Co-stars include Gabriel Luna as Joel's younger brother Tommy and Merle Dandridge as Marlene, a role she portrayed in the video games.

The first Last of Us game was released for the PlayStation 3 in 2013. The Last of Us Part II was then released for the PlayStation 4 in June 2020.

Developer Naughty Dog is currently working on a Last of Us multiplayer title that was announced as an extension of The Last of Us Part II.

"In short, we're working on it -- we see the community comments as many of you clamor for multiplayer and want updates. For now, we'll say that we love what the team is developing and want to give them time to build out their ambitious project, we'll reveal more when it's ready!" Naughty Dog said in a blog post about the multiplayer title on Last of Us Day.

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