After having already announced the casting choices for both Abby and Jesse, HBO has now revealed who will be playing Dina in the second season of The Last of Us. In the role will be Isabela Merced, known for her roles in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Rosaline (alongside fellow cast member Kaitlyn Dever) and Transformers: The Last Knight.
“Dina is warm, brilliant, wild, funny, moral, dangerous and instantly lovable,” said series showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. “You can search forever for an actor who effortlessly embodies all of those things, or you can find Isabela Merced right away. We couldn’t be prouder to have her join our family.”
In the past days, Kaitlyn Dever has been confirmed for the role of Abby Anderson while Beef actor Young Mazino has been cast in the role of Jesse.
“Young is one of those rare actors who is immediately undeniable the moment you see him, Mazin and Druckmann said of Mazino. “We’re so lucky to have him, and we can’t wait for the audience to see Young shine in our show.”
Meanwhile, on Dever as Abby the pair said, “Our casting process for season two has been identical to season one: we look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material. Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro, Bella and the rest of our family.”
We also learned recently that production on the second season of The Last of Us has been confirmed by showrunner Craig Mazin to start on February 12th, with the season premiere officially pegged for a 2025 release.
A 2025 release date gives fans and newcomers plenty of time to get through the recently-announced The Last of Us Part II Remastered, which launches on January 19th and features enhanced visuals for PS5 along with all-new content and game modes. Our full review for the remaster will be live on Wednesday, January 17th at 2AM AEDT.
You can find out more here, and pre-order the game now for just $74 right here.