During this year’s Comic Con came word that “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams, who plays the young Arya Stark on the HBO series, had a meeting with Sam Raimi about joining Screen Gems’ film adaptation of the acclaimed video game “The Last of Us”.
Raimi is set to produce the project and Williams is allegedly up for the role of Ellie, a girl who teams up with an older man named Joel as the pair navigate a world in the wake of a mutated fungal pandemic that has wiped out much of humanity.
The game’s creative director Neil Druckmann is penning the film’s script and Williams was far enough along in discussions that Raimi and Druckmann actually asked her to moderate the panel where the project would be announced – ultimately she declined. This week she spoke to IGN about turning down that moderation and where the project now stands several months on since the announcement:
“I was doing so much work for Thrones that I didn’t want to half-arse do it, so I said I’m not going to [moderate]. They said fine, but they’re gonna announce they had talks. So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. But there’s no script, no director, and no anything else. So at this moment, it’s looking like, ‘Yes,’ but it’s still such early days. If they make it in 30 years, they can’t have a 40-year-old Ellie. So at the moment, it’s looking good, and I’d love to do it. Hell yeah.”
The role of Ellie is fourteen, Williams is currently seventeen and so will be too old for the part in a few years time. “The Last of Us” has a Metacritic score of 95/100, one of the highest scoring games ever made and the second highest PlayStation exclusive behind only “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” which comes from the same company.