Now that the actors’ strike is over, The Last of Us is looking for its Abby. And they may have found her.
- HBO’s The Last of Us series is casting for the role of Abby, a key character from the second game.
- No One Will Save You star Kaitlyn Dever is reportedly in talks for the role.
- Dever has shown her versatility and talent in notable titles such as Booksmart and Unbelievable, and has also provided voice work for video games.
Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for The Last of Us Part II and possibly The Last of Us season two.
HBO is now looking for one of the key characters in the second season of The Last of Us, Abby. And it seems that the production of the series has reached out to one a fan-favorite actress for the role. The actors’ strike has finally come to an end after AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA agreed to a historic contract with the actors union. For this reason, many of the projects that were on pause due to the conflict have started up again, and many will begin filming soon. One of them is The Last of Us, which was renewed for a second season shortly after the first one became one of HBO’s biggest hits.
The next installment of the acclaimed adaptation of the popular video game will not only feature the return of Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Pedro Pascal as Joel, it will also introduce a key character from the second game, Abby, the antagonist of the continuation of the story on whom much of the new episodes of the series will focus.
Fans have been vigorously debating on social media about who should play her, and while many names have come up, the production may have now landed on No One Will Save You star Kaitlyn Dever. While Dever was a long-held favorite for the role of Ellie, according to journalist Jeff Sneider, she is currently in talks to join the cast of The Last of Us as Abby.
In the game, SPOILER ALERT, Abby is the daughter of the doctor that Joel kills when he rescues Ellie at the Fireflies headquarters, so she seeks revenge. The second season will focus on her and Ellie’s journey, both standing up for the values they believe to be right, which puts them in opposite places.
Kaitlyn Dever Is a Fine Choice for Abby in The Last of Us
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Dever made her debut in the television film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong in 2009, and has appeared in several notable titles. On the small screen, she participated in episodes of Modern Family, Private Practice, The Mentalist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Dopesick, among others. Her big break, however, would come in 2019 with the critically acclaimed comedy Booksmart.
The actress led the cast of Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut alongside Beanie Feldstein. The movie follows two friends who are excellent students, but feel that they have wasted their youth. As their graduation approaches, they decide to make up for lost time and live unforgettable experiences before leaving for college.
That same year, Dever demonstrated her great versatility and acting talent by starring in the Netflix drama Unbelievable, where she played a completely different character than the one from Booksmart.
This year, she finished establishing herself as a big star thanks to the science fiction thriller No One Will Save You, which became one of the big surprises of 2023. In addition, she is part of the cast of Next Goal Wins, Taika Waititi’s next movie, which is coming to theaters this week. Not only that, she even has some experience in video games, having provided the voice for Cassie Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. All of which makes her a fine choice for the role of Abby in adaptation of The Last of Us.