HBO’s The Last of America television adaptation will see one of the lead voice actors reprise their role in the flesh, a wonderful nod for Naughty Dog game fans.
Variety reports Merle Dandridge has signed on to play the antagonist Marlene in the small screen version, providing dulcet tones for the original video game.
Marlene, of course, was the struggling firefly commander who *SPOILERS* eventually attempted to make sure Ellie had surgery with the hope of developing a vaccine to protect against the infected. She also appears in flashback scenes in the sequel titled The Last of Us 2.
Casting provides a rare opportunity for a well-known voice actor to play the same character in a TV or film adaptation.
Dandridge also appeared in Naughty Dogs Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as Sister Catherine, a nun. She is so used to roles in post-apocalyptic games, she also appears in Enthusiasm for Everyone, for which she won the BAFTAs and Half-Life 2.
Beyond her work in the video game industry, she is an accomplished Broadway theater actress. Most recently you may have seen her as FBI Agent Kim Hammond in HBO Max’s devilish fun The Flight Attendant.
Dandridge will join the star-studded cast for The Last of Us. The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal plays Joel, Bella Ramsey plays the incredible young nobleman Liana Mormont in GoT, Ellie plays Ellie, and Gabriel Luna from Marvel’s Agent of Shield is Tommy.
Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann is also producing the series. Production is currently underway with the show scheduled to air in 2022. Of all the current video game properties the studio has picked out, this is what we’re most excited about.
There is also a live-action Fallout, some Resident Evil adaptations, and a Halo series in development. What a time for video game fans! Let’s hope they live up to all the expectations. Any other great PS5 games you’d like to see on your TV screen?