Michael Deckert | 01/18/2023 – 03:42 p.m
Some voice actors from “The Last of Us” are also part of the series adaptation by HBO, but can be seen in different roles. Merle Dandridge is the only cast member to portray the same character in both the game and the series.
This week is the series adaptation of Naughty Dogs The Last of Us launched on HBO. Some of the voice actors from the game are also present on the show, but mostly play different roles. BAFTA Award winner Merle Dandridge is the only actress to play Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies, in both the game and the series.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Craig Mazin, the show’s writer and executive producer, spoke about the casting of the roles. He also explained the decision to bring Merle Dandridge back for the character of Marlene.
Dandridge is still best cast for the role, according to Mazin
When The Last of Us was released in 2013, Dandridge was probably a little younger than Marlene, Mazin says. However, the character had been through the apocalypse for a while and was a little more weathered and had more gray hair. However, this is nothing that makeup and a wig can’t do.
“She was forever young,” Mazin says of actress Merle Dandridge. “It’s 10 years later [nach dem Debüt des ersten Spiels] and she has this wonderful sincerity. So the real question was, hey, if we just put a wig on her, we’re done. That was an easy decision. It’s obviously not something we could consider with, say, Troy Baker.”
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Baker, according to Mazin, is “so different physically” from the game’s protagonist, who he lends his voice to. In the series, Joel is held by Troy Baker embodied by Pedro Pascal. Voice actress Ashley Johnson also appears in a different role than in the games. Instead of Johnson, Ellie is replaced by Bella Ramsey embodied. “Ashley Johnson is in her 30s and will definitely not be playing a 14-year-old girl, but it was important for us to have space for her [die Synchronsprecher] find them because they matter,” Mazin says. “It’s not just about fan service. There’s a dramatic genetic connection between the game and the series. You had to be there.”
Quelle: Entertainment Weekly
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