Luna will play Joel's brother Tommy, a former soldier clinging to a sense of idealism in a post-apocalyptic world.
Luna is best known for his role as Robbie Reyes, aka Ghost Rider, in Agents of SHIELD and as REV-9 in Terminator: Dark Fate. His credits also include HBO's True Detective, El Rey Network's Matador and Richard Linklater's feature Bernie.
In a message posted Thursday on Twitter, Luna said he was "proud" to join the HBO project.
Proud to join Craig Mazin, @Neil_Druckmann, Carolyn Strauss and the folks at @HBO on The Last of Us. I have so much love for the work done by @PedroPascal1 and @BellaRamsey and I’m excited to go on this adventure with them as Tommy. “Endure and Survive”. #TheLastofUs #HBO https://t.co/F10V3JkoPD— Gabriel Luna (@IamGabrielLuna) April 15, 2021
Luna joins a cast that already includes Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones and Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian, who will play Ellie and Joel, respectively.
The Last of Us is a well-known post-apocalyptic video game that debuted in 2013 and created quite a stir on the PlayStation console. It follows Joel, a seasoned survivor of the apocalypse, and Ellie, a 14-year-old girl whom he's hired to smuggle out of an oppressive quarantine zone. The video game has sold more than 17 million copies since its release.
The Last of Us is being written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, the video game's writer and creative director. The pilot will be directed by Kantemir Balagov. This summer, the series will begin shooting in Calgary.