The Last of Us TV series release date leaked by HBO Max

The hotly anticipated release of The Last of Us on HBO Max could be coming sooner than expected.

Pedro Pascal

According to numerous subscribers to the streaming platform, a listing page for ‘The Last of Us Season 1 Sneak Peek’ shows a premiere date of January 15 for the HBO series. Formerly, HBO had only confirmed that the new series would arrive in 2023 without a specific date. Watch the first teaser for the show here.

The news has been verified by VGC. Their sources suggest an official reveal is arriving later this week.

The adaptation of Naughty Dog’s classic PlayStation series sees Pedro Pascal take on the part of Joel as he escorts Ellie (Bella Ramsey) on a smuggling mission across post-apocalyptic America. 

The official plot outline reads: “The story takes place 20 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 across the US and depend on each other for survival.”

The first trailer for The Last of Us was released back in September. The 90-second teaser showcased a gloomy, brilliant remix of some of the game’s most iconic moments. A later HBO Max supercut also teased out more of the forthcoming release, which stars Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, and even Joel and Ellie’s video game actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.

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Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ella

2023, then, could be the Year of Pedro Pascal. The actor is also set to reprise his role as Din Djarin in The Mandalorian season 3 next year on Disney Plus.

The Last of Us series will be officially released in 2023 on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. 

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