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The Final Of Us Present Casts Beef Actor As Key Character

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A picture of Young Mazino on the red carpet next to an image of Jesse in The Last of Us Part II.

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A day after saying that Kaitlyn Dever will play Abby in The Final of Us collection’ second season, Max (previously HBO Max) has introduced that Beef actor Younger Mazino will play Ellie’s pal Jesse.

Like Dever’s casting, the announcement first got here from Max’s own social channels, and didn’t title the character they had been taking part in. Ten The Final of Us developer Naughty Canine adopted up with its personal publish confirming Mazino has been solid as Ellie’s golden retriever bestie and Dina’s ex-boyfriend Jesse.

Together with being part of Ellie and Dina’s trio, Jesse is likely one of the main members of the Jackson neighborhood who assigns patrols across the city to battle Contaminated. He will get wrapped up in Ellie’s revenge tour in a fairly pivotal means in The Final of Us Half II, so even when he’s not one of many headliners, he’s a serious participant within the sport’s bigger themes by the tip.

Mazino’s best-known position is as Paul Cho in Netflix’s dramedy Beef (for which he and his castmates are having fun with some accolades this awards season), however he’s additionally within the midst of filming Opus, a horror movie starring Ayo Edebiri, John Malkovich, and fellow The Final of Us star Murray Bartlett, who performed Frank in season one.

As extra casting bulletins come, I’m wanting to see who performs Dina and Lev, arguably the deuteragonists of Ellie and Abby’s respective tales. We could have gotten a glimpse at Dina in The Final of Us’ first season in the course of the Jackson episode, however Lev may be very central to the Seattle setting of Half II. Personally, I’d like to see Lev’s unique actor, Ian Alexander, reprise their position because the Seraphite archer within the present. It’s not unprecedented, as Merle Dandridge received to play Marlene once more within the first season after portraying her in each video games.

The Final of Us’s second season is about to premiere in 2025, with filming starting on February 12.