Merle Dandridge, who you may know as the voice of Alyx in the Half-Life series, became the protagonist of the character Marlene in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. And he will repeat his role in the upcoming serial adaptation from HBO. This information came exclusively from The Hollywood Reporter.
Of course, this is far from a matter of course, most of the roles will be newly filled. The main ones, as we have known for some time, will be Pedro Pascal (Joel), Bella Ramsey (Ellie) and Gabriel Luna (Tommy). Marlene led the Fireflies group in the game, if you don’t know quickly where to place her.
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Merle Dandridge is no newcomer to the world of video games. In addition to the aforementioned Alyx in the Half-Life series, you could also hear her voice in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (Kate Collins), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Evelyn) or Dota 2. Otherwise, she plays mainly in theater and television. It is worth mentioning her role in the series Stewardess or Gang Law.
Although some media outlets reported the news as unconfirmed, The Hollywood Reporter’s Twitter report was shared by the Naughty Dog studio’s official account, saying it’s nice to see a familiar face. There is definitely no need for further confirmation.
As we have known for some time, the series adaptation is being prepared by Chernobyl author Craig Mazin and the main author of the play Neil Druckmann. They also write the script. Ali Abbasi, Jasmila Žbanić and Kantěmir Balagov are to direct as directors after at least one episode.
You can find more details about the upcoming series in our older articles.