Will Jeffrey Wright reprise his The Last of Us role in HBO's show? "Anything is possible."

Jeffrey Wright plays paramilitary leader Isaac in The Last of Us Part 2 video game. HBO has cast people from the games in the live-action show before. Will Wright follow suit?
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Recently, HBO has been dropping tons of new casting information about The Last of Us, its zombie apocalypse show adapted from the video games of the same name. Kaitlyn Dever will play Abby, a key antagonist from the second game. Isabela Merced is Dina, a love interest for our scrappy survivor hero Ellie (Bella Ramsey). Beef star Young Mazino is Ellie's friend Jesse, and Schitt's Creek veteran Catherine O'Hara is...someone. I don't know who she's playing but the show is definitely better for having her in it.

The second season of The Last of Us will adapt the second game, The Last of Us Part II, and we're running out of characters to cast. One person we haven't heard about yet is Isaac, the leader of the Washington Liberation Front (WLF), a paramilitary organization our characters will encounter in season 2. In the game, Isaac was voiced by Jeffrey Wright, a pretty big-name actor known for playing Bernard in Westworld, Beetee in The Hunger Games movies, Jim Gordon in The Batman, the Watcher in What If...? and much more.

Wright's been killing it for decades. Might he make the leap from voicing Isaac in the video game to playing him in live-action in The Last of Us season 2? Speaking on the Inside Total Film podcast, he didn't say no. "Anything is possible. We shall see."

Not to be conspiracy-brained about this, but the lack of a denial sounds an awful lot like a confirmation to me. This wouldn't be the first time that The Last of Us cast a voice actor from the video games in the live-action show. In the first season, Merle Dandridge played the role of Firefly leader Marlene, the same role she voiced in the first video game. Neil Druckmann, who created the video games, is heavily involved in the HBO show, and he's clearly willing to go to bat for his colleagues.

Nothing's confirmed yet, but I would not be surprised if Jeffrey Wright showed up as Isaac in The Last of Us season 2 (or maybe season 3, depending on how they're going to split up this next game). Filming on the second season is basically underway, although we'll have to wait until next year to see if my prediction is borne out.

Circling back to Druckmann, in addition to working on The Last of Us season 2 for HBO, he's also been mulling ideas for a third video game, although it sounds like it's still a ways off. "I don't have a story, but I do have that concept that to me is as exciting as 1, as exciting as 2, is its own thing, and yet has this throughline for all three," he says in the new documentary Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II. "So it does feel like there's probably one more chapter to this story."

But that's probably some ways in the future. For now, gamers can enjoy The Last of Us Part II Remastered and TV fans can look forward to The Last of Us season 2 sometime in 2025.

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