The Last of Us Fans React to Bella Ramsey Being Cast As Ellie Instead of Kaitlyn Dever
“After All We’ve Been Through. Everything That I’ve Done. It Can’t Be For Nothing.” - Ellie
For fans of The Last of Us, today has been a very special day. Not only did we hear that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal would be playing Joel in the upcoming The Last of Us show by HBO, but we also heard that Bella Ramsey, who played the brave noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, will be cast to play Ellie. You can certainly see the similarities between GoT‘s Lyanna and TLOU‘s Ellie – two stubborn and very brave young women but how are fans reacting to this news and are they sad that the favorite to be Ellie won’t be Kaitlyn Dever?
Kaitlyn Dever, an American actress who gained recognition for her roles in Justified and the brilliant Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable, was the hot favorite for fans to play Ellie from The Last of Us. Just like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, people thought that she would make a great fit due to her physical similarity to the character as well as her demeanor. Looking through social media, you are initially greeted with the excitement that fans have to just finally know who will play these characters at long last but also while many think that Bella Ramsey is perfect for the role as Ellie, a few are disappointed that Kaitlyn Dever was picked up.
Let’s take a look at some of the mixed reactions on social media.
Totally missed opportunity pic.twitter.com/LisjxUConQ
— Ayleen (@artsyleen) February 11, 2021
Not a huge fan of that casting.. her scenes in His Dark Materials were pretty cringe 🤔 i will keep faith though.. Aslong as Nikolaj foster-waldau is Joel 👀🙏 guy has the talent to carry his own series
— Chelseapaul ⚔️ Playing: Destiny ❄️ (@Chelseapaul23) February 11, 2021
Kaitlyn Dever is too old for Ellie people.
— LucasGaming (@LucasNoShot) February 11, 2021
Joel is alright. But Ellie, no. pic.twitter.com/ertjImJ1Xt
— Avorg (@therealAvorg) February 11, 2021
Can’t wait for this! Congrats to Bella, she’s a great actress and I think she’ll do Ellie proud. ❤️ For the moaners…give the woman a chance….there’s a reason you’re sat playing the game and not on hit TV shows! 😉
— Calvin Brewer (@Calv31) February 11, 2021
Really a surprising choice I didn’t expect, but really looking forward to see how it’ll be executed and if she’ll be able to deliver Ellie’s personality. Excited for the actor of Joel! pic.twitter.com/OzrEAJb8Rq
— Adamantium (@AdamantiumLive) February 11, 2021
Hail lady mormont pic.twitter.com/X0iy0rUgzk
— TomFlores#HOF2021#RaiderNation (@IssaccAM90) February 11, 2021
ah jeez i love this. such a good choice.
— Alexandria Neonakis (@Beavs) February 11, 2021
So as you can tell from the reactions so far on Twitter, some are all in on Bella Ramsey playing Ellie, and others aren’t too sure if the actress can pull the role of Ellie off and would have preferred Kaitlyn Dever. Personally speaking, I think Ramsey will knock it out of the park but after seeing Dever’s performance in Unbelievable, the actress has a hell of a lot of talent that is right up there with what fans want to see in someone portraying Ellie.
Hopefully, we will get a release date for the HBO show soon and have something to look forward to in this hellish year. As it stands, we could see The Last Of Us release by the end of the year or towards the start of next year but until an official announcement, it will just be rumors.