Many fans of apocalyptic thriller game The Last of Us are convinced Maisie Williams would be just about perfect to star in its big-screen adaptation. And really, who wouldn’t want to see Arya Stark vs. zombies? Earlier this year, those wishes seemed to take a step toward reality when producers revealed at Comic-Con that the Game of Thrones actress in talks to play 14-year-old survivor Ellie. You know, this one:
It’s been months since that flirtation, but Williams recently told us she’s still up for the role if producers can make the movie happen.
Here’s Williams giving the full back-story and current status: “There was a whole thing that went on Twitter [of fans suggesting her for the role]. I didn’t know a lot about [the game]. I Googled it. Ashley Johnson — who did Ellie’s voice — [fans] asked her what she thought of Maisie and she said, ‘That’s pretty much my dream.’ I don’t follow her but I was silently stalking her wondering what she thought of all this. And when I got my American agent and he said, ‘If there’s anything you want to do, let us know’ — America’s got such that can-do attitude. That was the first time I came to him with anything. So he said he’d set us up for a meeting next time I’m in America. And they did. So I had a meeting with [producer] Sam Raimi and [game director] Neil Druckmann. And they said they’d love if you would moderate the panel at Comic-Con, but you’d need to watch the walk-through and know your shit because there are massive fans of this and we wouldn’t want it to go wrong. And I was doing so much work for Thrones that I didn’t want to half-ass do it, so I said I’m not going to [moderate]. They said fine, but they’re gonna announce they had talks. So the way it was left is they want me to do it, and I want to do it. But there’s no script, no director, and no anything else. So at this moment, it’s looking like, ‘Yes,’ but it’s still such early days. If they make it in 30 years, they can’t have a 40-year-old Ellie. So at the moment, it’s looking good, and I’d love to do it. Hell yeah.”
So it sounds like Williams is still game for The Last of Us should the project come together. And by the way, producers turned to EW’s own Dalton Ross to moderate that San Diego Comic-Con panel since Williams wasn’t up for it.
Also on Williams’ career wish list: Working with Alice in Wonderland, Ed Wood director Tim Burton. “I’m always fascinated with him. On my first trip to LA I went to a [Los Angeles County Museum of Art] exhibition on him and I thought this guy, even if I don’t work with him, he’s so f–king interesting. He would be mad to work with.”