Way back in July, during Comic-Con, The Last of Us producer Sam Raimi revealed that they were seriously looking at Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams to play Ellie. In a new interview with the actress, she reveals that she has indeed has talks, she wants to do it, and she thinks they want her to do it. She then teased a possible role in an upcoming superhero TV show.
In an interview with Flicks and the City, she reveals how everything went down leading up to the announcement at Comic-Con, and where things are at today:
"I had a lunch a little while ago and we spoke about the possibility of me playing Ellie and that's really exciting and I would absolutely love too. It kind of all came about on Twitter a long time ago. The power of Twitter still never ceases to amaze me. I went to a lunch and we spoke a little bit about it, and then they announced at Comic-Con that we had spoken about it, and since then in like every interview people have been asking me about it. Honestly I would love to and I think they would love me to play Ellie also, and that's where it is at the moment. There's no script, no director, it's still very early days for the whole project, but if it all goes ahead soon enough I think, yeah, I would love to."
Neil Druckman will be writing the script for The Last of Us, which follows Joel, a ruthless survivor with few moral lines left to cross, who lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones. These walled-off, oppressive cities are run by what's left of the military. Despite the strict martial law, Joel operates in the black market of the city, smuggling contraband for the right price. The movie will center on Joel and his relationship with Ellie.
In the same interview, Maisie Williams went onto tease a superhero-esque series she may or may not be participating in. And while it sounds exciting, she is not allowed to reveal the title just yet. This doesn't make much sense, though, as she claims its an original character based on her own ideas.
"There's not much I can talk about, but there's actually been a very exciting project and a very exciting group of people who have approached me about a new series. I can't say the title, I'm not saying anything about it, but it's in that sort of superhero vein, in the same vein as Kick-Ass where the superhero is not super and just has great intentions. That would not be happening yet, it would be happening in a few years, but something that we've been in talks about for a little while and I'm really, really, really excited about it... it was going to originally be written as a graphic novel, it's not based on anything. It was kind of inspired just from walking around Comic-Con and seeing so many woman dressed as all these sexualized female superheroes and just thinking if I was a superhero, I would just want to wear a hoodie and jeans, and taking that and making it into a superhero that isn't wearing spandex and isn't a sexy Catwoman or that sort of thing."
What do you think? Are you more excited to see Maisie Williams as Ellie fight alongside Joel in a quarantine zone, or do you want to see her as a jean wearing superhero with no powers?