HBO's The Last of Us Series Adds Yellowjackets Star Melanie Lynskey

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After a long wait, the first trailer for the highly-anticipated HBO series adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us has been released. The preview gave us our first full look at the much-awaited series as well as the actors in their respective characters. In addition, they also revealed the casting of a newly-minted Emmy-nominated actress.

As revealed in the trailer, Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey has joined the cast of The Last of Us. According to Entertainment Weekly, she is playing Kathleen, "the ruthless leader of a revolutionary movement in Kansas City." This is the first time that the Emmy-nominated actress' casting in the series was officially confirmed.

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You can check the first look image at Lynskey from the trailer here:

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It is always exciting to hear whenever a talented actress like Lynskey gets to be part of a series like this and it's also a great surprise considering that we only found out about her casting when we saw a quick shot of her in the trailer. It is interesting to see how she'll play into the story of the series.

Based on the acclaimed video game, the series "takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival."

Besides Lynskey, the cast also includes Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Nick Offerman, Merle Dandridge, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Jeffrey Pierce, Anna Torv, Storm Reid, and original Joel and Belle voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who will appear in different roles.

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The Last of Us is slated to release on HBO early next year. You can check more details about it here.