‘The Last of Us’ Season 2 has officially cast Kaitlyn Dever, Variety has learned.
Dever joins the hit HBO series as Abby, described as “a skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks revenge on those she loved.”
“Our casting process for season two has been the same as season one: we’re looking for world-class actors who embody the soul of the characters in the source material,” said series co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. “Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed artist like Kaitlyn join Pedro, Bella and the rest of our family.”
Dever’s past television credits include shows like “Last Man Standing,” “Justified,” “Unbelievable” and “Dopesick.” On the film side, she has starred in feature films such as “Booksmart”, “Rosaline”, “Next Goal Wins” and “No One Will Save You”, the last of which she also produced. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in “Unbelievable” and a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for “Dopesick.”
She is replaced by UTA and Felker Toczek.
“The Last of Us” is based on the hit video game of the same name created by Druckmann and developed by Naughty Dog. The official description states that “the story takes place twenty years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to break 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What begins as a small job soon becomes a brutal and harrowing journey, as they both must travel across the United States and depend on each other to survive. »
The season 1 cast also included Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
The series is written and produced by Mazin and Druckmann. Both also directed episodes of the series. Carolyn Strauss and Evan Wells, president of Naughty Dog, serve as executive producers along with Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan of PlayStation Productions as well as Rose Lam. The series is a co-production between HBO and Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint and Naughty Dog are producing.
“The Last of Us” proved to be a huge hit with critics and audiences. In addition to exceptional viewership, the series received several nominations for its first season. He has received three Golden Globe nominations as well as 25 Emmy nominations. With the Primetime Emmy Awards set to take place on January 15, the series has already won eight Emmys at the Creative Arts Emmys. This includes Offerman’s and Reid’s wins for Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively.
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