The Last of Us Season 2 Jesse
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The Last of Us Season 2 Finds Its Live-Action Jesse

After the character of Abby was cast yesterday, The Last of Us Season 2 has had another actor join its cast — this time, as the character Jesse.

Variety has reported that Young Mazino, who recently starred in the Netflix limited series Beef, will play Jesse in The Last of Us Season 2. The character first appeared in the video game The Last of Us Part II, where he was voiced by Stephen Chang and modeled after Jasper Jeon. Jesse is a friend and ally to Ellie, Dina, and the rest of the people at the Jackson settlement and plays a large role in the sequel.

“Young is one of those rare actors who is immediately undeniable the moment you see him,” series co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann stated. “We’re so lucky to have him, and we can’t wait for the audience to see Young shine in our show.”

The Last of Us currently stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy Miller, and Rutina Wesley as Maria. Season 2 is expected to be based on Naughty Dog’s acclaimed video game sequel The Last of Us Part II, which will feature a significant time jump introducing a now grown-up Ellie.

Season 1 also featured Nico Parker, Anna Torv, Melanie Lynskey, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, and Storm Reid. It also included guest-star appearances from the original video game’s actors Jeffrey Pierce, Merle Dandridge, Troy Baker, and Ashley Johnson as new characters.

Who writes The Last of Us?

The series is executive produced and co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and original game writer Neil Druckmann, who is also serving as one of the directors. It is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions. Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog President Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan.

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