The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann has revealed that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and Booksmart's Kaitlyn Dever were both considered for the role of Ellie in the canceled movie adaptation.
Ahead of the premiere of HBO's The Last of Us, showrunner Craig Mazin and co-writer, director, and executive producer Neil Druckmann both sat with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the upcoming series. On the topic of finding the right person to play 14-year-old Ellie, Druckmann said that it had always been an important role to fill and that they saw "dozens and dozens" of candidates. The director said that the person needed to appear "tough and vulnerable and wise beyond [their] years and also have a potential for violence."
Also, According to reporting from The New Yorker, the live-action series has a budget higher than each of the first five seasons of Game of Thrones! While the actual figure was not revealed by the outlet, The New Yorker puts the number "upward of a hundred million dollars." That's pretty hard to believe, but it does say a lot about the network's faith in the series, and in its ability to find a passionate audience.