During Comic-Con 2014 back in July, producer Sam Raimi and Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann announced an adaptation for the hit video game The Last of Us, with the filmmakers eyeing Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams to play Ellie. The actress revealed in October that she is interested in the role, but it wasn't clear if she was in negotiations or if she had signed on. In a new interview with IGN, the actress reveals that it's looking like she will star in the adaptation, while addressing how she almost moderated the Comic-Con panel.
"I had a meeting with [producer] Sam Raimi and [game director] Neil Druckmann. And they said they'd love if you would moderate the panel at Comic-Con, but you'd need to watch the walk-through and know your s*** because there are massive fans of this and we wouldn't want it to go wrong. I was doing so much work for Thrones that I didn't want to half-arse do it, so I said I'm not going to [moderate]. They said fine, but they're gonna announce they had talks. So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. But there's no script, no director, and no anything else. So at this moment, it's looking like, 'Yes,' but it's still such early days. If they make it in 30 years, they can't have a 40-year-old Ellie. So at the moment, it's looking good, and I'd love to do it. Hell yeah."
The video game is set in a world ravaged by a global pandemic 20 years earlier, centering on survivors Joel and Ellie, who go on a journey through this desolate landscape as they must make critical decisions to survive. Producer Sam Raimi also revealed at the Comic-Con panel that he wants to find a place for Bruce Campbell in the adaptation, but it isn't known what role he may play. Do you think Maisie Williams is perfect for Ellie in The Last of Us? Chime in with your thoughts below.