Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker reunited on The Last of Us 2 set
New Last of Us 2 details have emerged from Naughty Dog, following the announcement that a Westworld actress recently joined the voice cast.
Shannon Woodward, who plays Elsie in Westworld, announced the news on Twitter, telling fans: "I am embarrassingly over-excited here because I'm peaking. @Neil_Druckmann is letting me act in The Last Of Us:Part II ."
This was accompanied by an image of Woodward wearing a motion capture suit for filiming of the PS4 games exclusive
Since then, more images of the cast and production have been released during the filming of motion capture footage, coming straight from the studio.
The latest comes from creative director Neil Druckmann, who posted a new picture of both Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker reunited on set.
They play the roles of Joel and Ellie, who look set to be the main protagonists in The Last of Us 2.
Other new images show Druckmann’s co-writer Halley Gross riding a mount prop while wielding a shotgun for motion capture.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) April 14, 2017
So fans of the original game shouldn’t be surprised to see the return of horseback fighting sequences in the Last of Us 2, which will hopefully be widely expanded in the sequel.
Another gif posted to Twitter shows Woodward spinning and catching a rather deadly looking weapon prop, with Druckmann commenting: “I'm a little uncomfortable with the ease that @shannonwoodward took to that machete.”
Woodward's character is yet to be revealed, but it's an exciting development ahead of new Last of Us gameplay and release date details that are expected to come out of E3.
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Interestingly, Woodward isn't the only Westworld connection in The Last of Us.
Westworld writer Halley Gross is also involved in the sequel, and is working with Naughty Dog on the script for the upcoming PS4 exclusive.
The Naughty Dog sequel takes place five years after the events of the original game, and once again stars Ellie and Joel, although players will spend the majority of the time controlling Ellie.
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In terms of a release date, fans can expect The Last of Us 2 to launch at some point in 2018, perhaps in time for Christmas.
The Last of Us 2 will be directed by Neil Druckmann, and not Bruce Straley, who co-directed the original game.
The creative team has spoken about the decision to return with a sequel, despite the original ending on such a perfect note.
Druckmann told fans to trust the studio, before revealing that while the original game was about love, the sequel was about hate.
"So much thought went into this – I know there's trepidation about going back to these characters," explained Druckmann
"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.
"I had ideas with different characters and it didn't feel right. The Last of Us is about these two characters.
"All I ask is that fans of the first one put some faith in us – we're going to do right by you."