Calgary schools get post-apocalyptic makeover for filming of "The Last of Us" (PHOTOS)

Nov 25 2021, 5:47 pm

What do downtown Calgary, Edmonton’s Legislature Building, Fort Macleod, and Canmore have in common? (Other than all being located in Alberta, of course.)

Each of these places has been turned into post-apocalyptic wastelands for the filming of the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us. Now, two post-secondary institutions in Calgary are next.

Both Mount Royal University and SAIT have been given zombie makeovers this week for the show, and the footage shared on social media is wild.

The show follows Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting teenager Ellie across the United States after a mutating fungus wipes out most of humanity. What starts as a small job becomes a difficult journey, as the pair travels across the US and must depend on each other for survival.

Joel is to be played by Pedro Pascal, known for The Mandalorian and Wonder Woman 1984, while Bella Ramsey (HBO’s His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones) plays Ellie, according to details on HBO’s website.

Leaves, vines, trees, and signs have been added to both schools’ campuses, transforming the areas to look like autumn. According to Twitter account @HBOsTheLastofUs, there were crews on site removing snow at SAIT this week to make it seem like it’s still fall.


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According to ACTRA Alberta, production for the project began in July 2021 and is set to wrap in June 2022, so we might be seeing more post-apocalyptic scenes around the province over the next few months.

The City of Calgary website notes that 11th Avenue at 8th Street SW will see “reduced lanes” for “movie filming” between 6 am on Sunday, November 28, and 6 pm on Tuesday, November 30. We don’t know for sure, but this could be the next spot The Last of Us pops up – although with the amount of film production happening these days in Alberta, it could be a different show altogether.

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The Last of Us is slated to be released on HBO and HBOMax sometime in 2022, and Canadian viewers can subscribe to the HBO package through Crave.

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