During this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, Sam Raimi (of Evil Dead and Spider-Man fame) revealed he was looking to bring Naughty Dog’s hit videogame The Last of Us to the big screen, and that they’d met with Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams for the role of Ellie.
In an interview with IGN, Williams explained that there's currently no script (though game creator Neil Druckman is set to pen it) and no director locked in -- meaning there’s a while to wait before anything is confirmed -- but as far as SHE’s concerned, it’s a big yes to star in the movie from her.
Here’s what the young actress, who stars as Arya Stark on HBO's fantasy series, said:
“There was a whole thing that went on Twitter [of fans suggesting me for the role]," she explained. I didn’t know a lot about [the game]. I Googled it. Ashley Johnson — who did Ellie’s voice — [fans] asked her what she thought of me and she said, ‘That’s pretty much my dream.’ I don’t follow her but I was silently stalking her wondering what she thought of all this.
“So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it.
“And when I got my American agent and he said, ‘If there’s anything you want to do, let us know’ — America’s got such that can-do attitude. That was the first time I came to him with anything. So he said he’d set us up for a meeting next time I’m in America. And they did. So I had a meeting with [producer] Sam Raimi and [game director] Neil Druckmann. And they said they’d love if you would moderate the panel at Comic-Con, but you’d need to watch the walk-through and know your s*** because there are massive fans of this and we wouldn’t want it to go wrong.
“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.”
Neil Druckmann previously confirmed the movie would be an adaptation of the game, rather than an original story. Sam Raimi will serve as producer.