And “it is likely the largest project shooting in Canada”.
HBO has reportedly earmarked “eight-figures” per episode of its The Last of Us TV show, which will be shooting for 12 months in Alberta, Canada.
Confirmation comes via an interview with IATSE 212 – a Canadian artists union – president, Damian Petti.
“The Last of Us which commences photography this week is indeed a monster,” Petti told CTV News. “It has five art directors and employs an army of hundreds of technicians. It has had six months of prep and shoots (in Alberta) for 12 months.”
While Petti wouldn’t give a definitive number about what the show is costing the network, they did say that “it is likely the largest project shooting in Canada”, adding: “This project well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark, so there is a multiplier effect on [Alberta’s] economy in terms of its impact. There are hundreds of related businesses benefitting from the plethora of work” (thanks, TheGamer).
In case you missed it, Jeffrey Pierce, the actor behind the voice of Tommy in The Last of Us video game series, has been cast in HBO’s upcoming Last of Us TV show… but not as Tommy.
Pierce has instead been cast as Perry, a rebel in a quarantine zone, with Gabriel Luna slated to portray Joel’s brother, Tommy.
Murray Bartlett and Con O’Neil have also been cast in the series – Bartlett will play Frank while O’Neil will play Bill – alongside Pedro Pascal and fellow Game of Thrones colleague, Bella Ramsey, as Ellie.