The Last Of Us 2
"The Last Of Us 2" was officially announced during PlayStation Experience in December 2016. YouTube/PlayStation

“The Last Of Us 2” was officially announced some four months ago during the PlayStation Experience event. Creative director and writer Neil Druckmann told the audience some key details about the much awaited sequel, but an actress has recently come out to reveal something of equal importance.

In a Twitter post that was shared earlier this week, “Westworld” star Shannon Woodward revealed that she has signed on to act in the post-apocalyptic video game. “I am embarrassingly over-excited here because I’m peaking,” she wrote in a post that can be seen below. “@Neil_Druckmann is letting me act in “The Last Of Us Part II.’”

The post included an image of the actress in a motion capture suit, which is typical in video game development. The suit allows animators to follow and digitize human movement.

Woodward did not reveal anything about the role she will be playing in the second chapter of one of Naughty Dog’s most beloved games, but it is likely that she will cross paths with Ellie and Joel in the story. What her character will do and how she will affect the game is still unknown.

Last year, Druckmann announced that he will be working with “Westworld” writer Halley Gross on “The Last Of Us 2.” He announced that Gross is on board as his co-writer; the hiring of Woodward seems to have stemmed from that partnership.

The sequel will take place five years after the original. Druckmann has confirmed that while the first game centred on love, the upcoming title will focus on hate. Furthermore, the award-winning writer confirmed that Ellie will be the main protagonist this time around. It is possible that Ellie will form a bond with the new character Woodward will portray.

There are not a lot of other confirmed details regarding the upcoming sequel, but Druckmann has not been short on praise for his most recent project. “So much thought went into this,” he said at the game’s announcement in December. “I know there’s trepidation about going back to these characters. We feel that as well. No one loves these characters more than we do, and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t have the right idea.”

Druckmann then admitted that he had thought of changing the characters completely, but he ultimately decided that “The Last Of Us” franchise was about Joel and Ellie. “All I ask is that fans of the first one put some faith in us,” he said. “We’re going to do right by you.” The upcoming title still does not have an official release date.

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