Melanie Lynskey confirms ‘surprise’ role in ‘The Last of Us’

Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey is no stranger to struggling to survive. And it looks like she’ll be doing more of the same in HBO’s upcoming series The Last of Us.

On Monday, HBO released the first teaser for its series, based on the PlayStation video game of the same name. Fans of the Naughty Dog horror game might recognize some of the main characters portrayed by the series’ stars, including Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Anna Torv, and Gabriel Luna, but HBO’s intense trailer introduced a new face.

As Pascal’s Joel beats up an unknown man and Ramsey’s Ellie crawls into a dark room, a stern-faced Lynskey emerges from a crowd.

“Surprise!” said the Emmy-nominated actor a retweet of the trailer.

Lynskey’s tweet confirming her casting added to the excitement surrounding the already highly anticipated adaptation, which will premiere in 2023.

“It’s Lynksey Season B—” A Twitter fan said, Retweeting the actor’s post.

“I’VE NEVER BEEN MORE EXCITED IN MY LIFE.” replied another Twitter user.

Neil Druckmann, who developed the original video game and serves as the series’ writer and executive producer, replied Lynskey“You destroyed your episodes!

“I can’t wait for people to see your character,” he added, using a closed-lip emoji.

HBO confirmed that Lynskey will play Kathleen, “the ruthless leader of a revolutionary movement in Kansas City.” The network confirmed that the Heavenly Creatures actor will appear in more than one episode of Season 10 of the first season.

The Last of Us will be heavily based on the original 2014 video game. Pascal’s hardened survivor Joel must smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Ramsey) across the country, who holds the key to curing a deadly fungus. Together they will face the undead, desperate but dangerous human survivors to reach the healing organization called the Fireflies.

Lynskey joins The Last of Us following her Emmy-nominated role as Shauna in Showtime’s Yellowjackets. Recent television appearances include Candy, Mrs. America” and “Castle Rock”.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-26/melanie-lynskey-the-last-of-us-hbo-trailer Melanie Lynskey confirms ‘surprise’ role in ‘The Last of Us’

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