Ellie, heroine of popular video game, is headed for the big screen

Ellie, the teenage heroine of "The Last of Us."
Ellie, the teenage heroine of “The Last of Us.”

“The Last of Us” is going to the big screen.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony’s Screen Gems production company will distribute the film adaptation of the the wildly popular PlayStation 3 game developed by Naughty Dog, creators of the “Uncharted” series. Neil Druckman, the game’s creative director, will write the script.

Creators of the post-apocalyptic game have cited multiple inspirations, including “The Road,” and “No Country for Old Men” the film adaptations of two Cormac McCarthy novels.  The main characters, Joel and Ellie, are left to navigate a world that’s been ravaged by a fungus that’s turning people into zombies. It’s a hit thanks to its complex story line and stunning graphics, and was rated one of the best games of the year by Metacritic and IGN.

This could be promising on multiple feminist fronts.

The game has attracted attention for its strong female character, Ellie. She’s a precocious teenager who’s modern and multi-faceted. The game even explores themes of female friendship: Naughty Dog’s latest downloadable chapter focuses on Ellie’s relationship with her best friend, Riley.

Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency has published multiple videos explaining sexist tropes in video games, such as the damsel in distress, or the Ms. Male character.

Plus, there aren’t many female-driven story lines in Hollywood movies these days as Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep noted recently. A movie version of “The Last of Us” means a highly-visible and meaty role for the lucky actress who lands the part.

RELATED: “Uncharted” creative director Amy Hennig, leaves Naughty Dog after 10 years.

 

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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