It has long been rumored but now it’s official – Kaitlyn Dever has been cast in the pivotal role of Abigail ‘Abby’ Anderson in the second season of HBO’s “The Last of Us”.
The new season will be based on a good portion of Naughty Dog’s award-winning yet contentious “The Last of Us Part II” game.
Dever, coming off Hulu’s dialogue-free alien invasion film “No One Will Save You,” will take on the role which is effectively a co-lead for at least one, more likely two seasons should a third season of the show be greenlit.
In the games Abby is an early twentysomething woman with a rather muscular build. She’s a skilled soldier with years of training and combat.
Per HBO, she also has a “black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved”. Laura Bailey played the role in the game, a part that’s tricky to pull off on screen.
27-year-old Dever reportedly auditioned for the role of Ellie which ultimately went to Bella Ramsey. Showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann say in a joint statement:
“Our casting process for season two has been identical to season one: we look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material. Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro [Pascal], Bella and the rest of our family.”
The show’s second season begins filming mid-February in Vancouver ahead of a 2025 airing.