'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Likely to Lead 'The Last of Us'
During Comic-Con this past summer, there was a rather uneventful panel for the video game adaptation The Last of Us. Yes, producer Sam Raimi was on hand with the game's director Neil Druckmann and game studio Naughty Dog's co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra also appearing on the panel, but since there was no script, concept art or anything like that yet, they just talked for a little while. However, one tidbit of information that was discussed was a meeting with "Game of Thrones" series regular Maisie Williams (she plays Arya Stark), though she wasn't officially signed on to the film. But the actress herself seems to confirm she's attached, but she's waiting for some key pieces to come together. Read on!
IGN caught up with Williams recently and here's what she had to say about her involvement:
“I had a meeting with Sam Raimi and Neil Druckmann. 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 shit 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.”
So it sounds like Williams is their choice to lead the film, but she's waiting for a script to be done or a director to get attached. And since this is Hollywood, that could take awhile. And as the actress says, depending on how long they take to get the project together, there's a chance she might be too old for the role by the time the film gets off the ground. But at this point, in my opinion, she's undoubtedly the best young actress for the part. If you haven't seen Williams on "Game of Thrones," then you probably don't know why she's so coveted, and if you haven't seen "Game of Thrones," then go watch that show now.