In one of the biggest TV castings of the year, The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal is set to headline The Last Of Us, HBO’s high-profile series adaptation of the Sony Playstation franchise from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
Based on the critically acclaimed video game The Last of Us, developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation platforms, the story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Game of Thrones‘ Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Pascal’s Joel, tormented by past trauma and failure, must trek across a pandemic-ravaged America, all the while protecting a girl who represents the last hope of humanity.
This marks a homecoming for Pascal who became a household name with his role as Oberyn Martell on HBO’s mega hit Game Of Thrones.
Pascal currently stars in Disney+’s hugely popular and acclaimed series The Mandalorian, which recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series. He will continue on the Star Wars series, where he is used sparingly because of the nature of his character, though The Last Of Us has him in first position.
The actor recently became available for a new series, attracting multiple big offers from top premium networks and streamers, opting to do The Last Of Us. [Source]
Netflix has released the official We Can Be Heroes teaser trailer, which previews the new Robert Rodriguez film coming to the streaming service on January 1, 2021.
When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno (Yaya Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal). Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). If they’re going to save their parents, they’ll have to work together by using their individual powers — from elasticity to time control to predicting the future — and form an out-of-this-world team. Full of action and heart.
Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) is back behind the camera for his next attempt at a kids classic. Someone find Danny Trejo.
EW: Movie studios can’t get Robert Rodriguez on the phone fast enough these days. That’s straight from the 52-year-old filmmaker himself, on a recent call with EW, discussing his upcoming action-hero tale We Can Be Heroes. Rodriguez’s previous films make for ideal family-night-in viewing (okay, maybe not Machete), including the four-film blockbuster series Spy Kids and 2005’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Bottom line: Rodriguez knows how to keep families on the couch — and in 2020, the industry is taking note.
“A lot of families have spent a lot of time together,” the Texas native says of the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to. They’re all sitting at home with their kids.”
Rodriguez’s next film, We Can Be Heroes — all but designed to hold youngsters’ attention (a superpower in itself) and set in the Sharkboy universe — answers that call. Starring Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, and Boyd Holbrook as members of a superhero team called the Heroics, the movie begins with the group kidnapped and their kids left to try to save them (and the world). Young Missy (YaYa Gosselin), who has not yet discovered her powers, gets to know her fellow child superheroes: One can predict the future; another, named Facemaker, has the ability to, well, change his face. “[For] a kid, that’s an amazing power,” says Rodriguez. “What if you could become anyone else?”
Eleven children, all very rough around the edges as far as controlling their abilities, band together; it’s a collective learning process. “I love casting. I take finding the right people very seriously,” Rodriguez says. “Find the people who can bring some magic to it and surprise me with what they bring.”
Among the kidnapped parents is Pascal’s Marcus Moreno, Missy’s father and a superhero on the verge of retirement. “I’ve wanted to work with Pedro since forever,” Rodriguez says. “[Marcus] can be a badass if he needs to. He takes the glasses off, and he looks legit.”
So could We Can Be Heroes be considered a spiritual sequel to Sharkboy? “It could be,” Rodriguez cryptically teases. Just keep your eyes to the sky. Or your Netflix queue.
Debuting as part of the DC FanDome virtual event this weekend, the new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 has arrived online for those who didn’t catch the reveal during the panel, which you can check out below with Pedro Pascal playing Maxwell Lord.
Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.