Sony making a Last of Us movie -- Who would you cast as Joel and Ellie?

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann to write the script; Spider-Man director Sam Raimi attached to the project in some capacity.

The Last of Us was praised for its strong story and now the PlayStation 3 action game is getting a movie adaptation. Before you shrug your shoulders or roll your eyes, consider the talent behind the project.

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann will write the script for the film, according to Deadline's exclusive story. And Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as game director Bruce Straley, are also involved. Veteran Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig recently left the company, though it's unknown if she'll contribute to the film.

The movie will be distributed by Sony's own Screen Gems production company. Deadline also notes that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures company are attached to the project. Raimi's involvement with the project is unclear.

"Since our game released last June, we've talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn't have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards," Wells said about Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures.

No other details about casting or plot for the Last Us movie were announced, so we have to ask: who would you cast as Joel and Ellie?

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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healzwarz
healzwarz

These suggestions are so tired and unimaginative. And y'all should look up some of these actors first, seriously. As much as I admire Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, and Matthew Fox, and agree that they could all do a great job with the part, and are all age-appropriate (Bale's a little young, Joel's in his late forties), I think it would totally ruin the film adaptation of an incredible game.

If this film does anything but make somewhat unknown (or completely unknown) actors into household names, it will do a disservice to the fans and the franchise.

The characters are strong and already exist. We don't need to see Gerard Butler doing an awesome Joel, or Hugh Jackman being as badass as he was with Wolverine, or as cutting and intense as he was with Prisoners.

We need to see Joel. Not Wolverine or Batman or Olympus has fucking infected. Just Joel. The real life man to the face on the game.

Otherwise we know EXACTLY what to expect. And the movie won't carry any clout at all. Somebody said it perfectly: "Joel reminds me of someone and I can't for the life of me think of who." They gotta make him. They gotta show us who.

In closing: Andrew Lincoln??? Come on.....

deth420
deth420

Sonny and Cher...no wait! Cheech and Chong

ledanz
ledanz

Ellen Page is Ellie, unfortunately she is too old to play her. As much as I like Maisie Williams, she doesn't have the Ellie vibe at all. So I'm not sure about Ellie. A scruffy Joe Manganiello could probably play Joel, but how about Clive Owen?

nooblicon
nooblicon

Joel: Josh Brolin    Ellie: Maisie Williams

alex904
alex904

I say guy Pearce as Joel. Before you shoot it down look at him in the Rover and let me know if he possibly could be the best match

almapacheco85
almapacheco85

Joel: Joe Manganiello, Ellie: Maisie williams

almapacheco85
almapacheco85

Joel: Joe Mangianello y Ellie: Maisie Williams

almapacheco85
almapacheco85

Joel: Joe Manganiello y ellie: Maisie Williams

dpboom1
dpboom1

Ellen Page as Ellie. Hugh Jackman as Joel

dpboom1
dpboom1

Sorry bout my comment it's being really obnoxious . I'm new.

dpboom1
dpboom1

I don't care what u say about Ellen Page she looks like Ellie. And i think she can fit the part. And Hugh Jackman as Joel.I don't care what u say about Ellen Page she looks like Ellie. And I think she can fit the part. And Hugh Jackman as Joel.I don't care what u say about Ellen Page she looks likeEll Ellie and fits the part. And Hugh Jackman as Joel.I don't care what u say about Ellen Page she looks like Ellie and she fits the part. And Hug Jackman as Joel.

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

lisa simpson as ellie and for joel,, butter bean

elkoldo
elkoldo

SO THEY KEEP MOVING FORWARD WITH THE MOVIE DESPITE THE WHOLE GAMING COMMUNITY WANTING OTHERWISE ?

sirtunt
sirtunt

How about Hugh Jackman as Joel?

rymuss
rymuss

Josh brolin as Joel and Chloe grace moretz as Ellie

nitegamer2
nitegamer2

 Dylan McDermott or Gerard Butler as Joel. Kiernan Shipka(definitely) as Ellie.  Annie Wersching as Tess. Colin Farrell as Tommy. Vincent D'Onofrio as Bill. Anthony mackie as Henry. That all I got.

slack10188
slack10188

Dylan McDermott as Joel, Joey King as Ellie

julieoliverio
julieoliverio

Maia Mitchell as Ellie, Josh Brolin as Joel.

lindseylee33
lindseylee33

I Think Gerald butler would be a perfect Joel. They look a lot alike. Idk who could play Ellie though. But defiantly Gerald!

RulerAllison13
RulerAllison13

Hugh Jackman as Joel and Chloë Grace Moretz as Ellie.


CalamityKait
CalamityKait

Matthew Fox for Joel:  He's a big guy, age appropriate, looks the part, and definitely has the acting chops.

Lucy Hale for Ellie:  At 24 she may seem a bit too old, but she's also petite, has convincingly played a girl in her mid teens on Pretty Little Liars for the past three years, and she looks the part with the round face, dark hair, big green eyes.  

Actual teens for Ellie:  Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games).

Mangaas
Mangaas

For everyone saying Ellen Page should play Elli in the game:
Ellen page is 27 years old.  She's petite, but she does NOT look like a 14 year old kid.
Also, Ellen Page pretty much plays the same character in every movie she's been in, and it isn't even remotely close to the performance that the voice actor put in for the video game.  If you guys want an older Ellie, Elizabeth Olsen is a much much better actress. AS for an Ellie that would be  the same age: Ellie Fanning.

But the perfect Ellie would be Heilee Steinfeld.  She played in True Grit if you guys don't know her by name. 

As for Joel, I'd say any of these could act just fine:  Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Bradd Pitt, Mathew McConaughey, and Michael Fassbender.

j_queen226
j_queen226

Joel: Jon Hamm

Ellie: Chloe Grace Moretz

lhe2277
lhe2277

Joel: Hugh Jackman

Ellie: Chloe Grace Moretz

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

joel reminds me of someone. cant for the life in me think who it is.

ravipe
ravipe

Joel - Gerard Butler

Ellie - Chloë Grace Moretz

Tess - Carrie Anne Moss (maybe? lol)

David - Robert Carlyle

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

been trying to think hard about joel. joel to me. is middle aged. maybe going on 50. i think most of the guys you guys are picking are too young. now. what about clint eastwood. someone like that. have to have the beard. but id say joel is in his 50s. almost. between 45 and 50. he always looks knackerd like an ageing man. you cant pick a young dude for joel. wont be right.

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

it can only be ellen page. anyone else and it just wont be good enough. simples. it has to be her. the guy Joel. not sure 

Vodoo
Vodoo

My first choice for the guy would be Aaron Eckhart from I, Frankenstein and Olympus Has Fallen. He's also the Sargeant from Battle:Los Angeles. My second choice is a tie between Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman.

For the girl, I think Dakota Fanning would do, though she may be too old by now.

I think any of those fit the bill perfectly. I haven't yet read what others have posted because I didn't wanna forget while I had the names in my head. Curious about who could play the girl.

t_gilbert
t_gilbert

Gerard Butler and Ellen Page obviously. Honestly, could you imagine anyone else? (especially for Ellie)

SomberOwl
SomberOwl

He's probably a bit too old now but Viggo Mortensen would make a good Joel. Maybe.

banderweir
banderweir

@ledanz I just finished this game a couple of days ago and me and my wife both thought Joe Mangianello would make a perfect Joel if a movie was made...I like your Arya idea for Ellie, too.

abbymariewolfe
abbymariewolfe

Keep in mind, Hugh Jackman could also be a great or even perfect actor for Joel. 

chinwill
chinwill

@lhe2277  yes hugh jackman for Joel, but Ellen page for Ellie because like it or not neil druckman and the other director most definitely watched "Juno", and drew heavy from the main character's appearance and talking style, casual swearing, and overall attitude, I didn't believe it at first, but I rewatched Juno and Ellie is almost exactly like "juno the girl."  Also, in Juno the movie, featuring ellen page as "juno", they show a little title at the bottom saying "fall, winter, spring summer" as the seasons go by, they took that too.  Just keeping it real!  The last of us is an amazing spectacular videogame.  

   People who dissagree with hugh jackman for joel haven't seen "prisoners".  he looks exactly the same, and he has the same explosive anger.  same exact perfect parallel  in these two scenes with prisoners and last of us.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1H1k-BAKLA and at 1:10 "it is over tess!!!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkrJmEy8auY   hugh is the perfect joel.  and Ellie whatever naughty dawg says is based on Ellen page's Juno

bassplayer55
bassplayer55

@homerlvsbeer  LOL Clint Eastwood - I think you need to look up current pictures of him. He is an old - albeit still badass - man.

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

@t_gilbert  no i couldnt. it would be a real downer if it wasnt her. just has to be her. pay up sony. lol

ravipe
ravipe

@SomberOwl  Viggo already played a similar role in The Road.... Think it's best to give someone else a shot.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I say Aaron Eckhart but Vigo is a good choice as well.

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

@Mangaas @RaidersMADDEN12  are you serious. really. you cant have been around women much then. She could easilly do it. wouldnt even be hard for her. age doesnt matter at all. she looks young anyway. women are experts at looking younger and older. they invented it.  Ellen page is the only choice.

bassplayer55
bassplayer55

@homerlvsbeer @Mangaas @RaidersMADDEN12  Juno was a long time ago dude. Nobody would buy her as 14, and frankly her trying to act like it would be kind of creepy. Just because she looks somewhat like Ellie doesn't mean she's the right choice.


After seeing True Detective, Matthew McConaughey seems like he could do a good job. Maybe... the girl from Kickass as Ellie? 


Introducing a talented new actress would work well too.