With production set to begin this summer, HBO’s The Last of Us series draws inspiration from its source material to complete its cast. Merle Dandridge, who voiced Marlene both in The Last of Us and in a flashback in The Last of Us Part II, is set to reprise her role in the live-action series, per Hollywood journalist.
In the series, Marlene is the leader of the Fireflies, a militia fighting against military oppression and looking for a vaccine to stop the virus from plaguing the post-apocalyptic world of the game.
Since Season 1 of The Last of Us series is intended as an adaptation of the first game, Marlene will likely play a major role in the story, although executive producer Neil Druckmann has said the plot will “deviate significantly” in some episodes. .
While Dandridge is reprising her video game role for the project, the actress already has considerable live-action experience. She currently co-stars with HBO’s Kaley Cuoco series Max The Flight Attendant. His other TV credits include The Night Shift, Greenleaf, and Murphy Brown. Dandrige also voiced Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2.
Dandrige joins a cast anchored by Game of Thrones actress Bella Ramsey and The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal, who will play Ellie and Joel respectively. Additionally, former SHIELD Agent Gabriel Luna will play Joel’s brother Tommy.
The Last of Us series is being written and executive produced by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin alongside Druckmann, who served as director of Naughty Dog’s two The Last of Us games.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.