The actors playing brothers Henry and Sam in HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us have been announced.
IGN has revealed that Henry will be played by Lamar Johnson, while his younger brother Sam will be played by Keivonn Woodard. Johnson's previous credits include Canadian police drama Rookie Blue and Your Honor with Bryan Cranston. Woodard has no previous acting credits.
EXCLUSIVE: HBO revealed the fan-favorite The Last of Us characters Henry and Sam will be played by Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard, respectively.— IGN (@IGN) August 10, 2022
There will also be some major differences in their backstory compared to the game. https://t.co/MfZiaOwZod pic.twitter.com/CLI1dYc2sN
Along with this news, some upcoming plot elements were also revealed. If you are keen to avoid spoilers, please stop reading here.
Unlike in the games, leads Joel and Ellie (played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay respectively) will meet up with the brothers in Kansas City rather than in Pittsburgh.
The official release states that Sam and Henry are "hiding from a revolutionary movement seeking vengeance".
As well as this change, the series will also introduce two new characters to The Last of Us.
Graham Greene and Elaine Miles will both have guest roles in the series as Marlon and Florence, a "married couple surviving alone in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic Wyoming."
In addition, Graham Greene and Elaine Miles will guest star as Marlon and Florence, two new characters being added to the series for the first time.— The Last of Us News (@TheLastofUsNews) August 10, 2022
Marlon and Florence are described as "a married couple surviving alone in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic Wyoming." pic.twitter.com/8TYP7kS3xp
Another change that appears to be coming - which has not been officially announced - is that Sam will be deaf.
Footage of Woodard (which can be seen below) from last year shows the new young actor discussing his dreams to become the youngest and first deaf, black, professional hockey player.
Meanwhile, back in March, leaked images gave us our first look at Sam and Henry on set.