Calgary mall gets post-apocalyptic makeover for filming of HBO series "The Last of Us" (PHOTOS)
What do downtown Calgary, Mount Royal University, 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, a mall in north Calgary is next.
Northland Village Mall has been given a zombie makeover this month for the show, and the photos shared on social media are wild.
The series 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.
Photos shared on social media show Northland Village Mall littered with dried leaves, abandoned hangers, and crumpled up paper, along with broken signage, pylons, and other debris.
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— The Last of Us on HBO – Status (@HBOsTheLastofUs) January 10, 2022
First photos from the set of The Last of Us at Northland Mall in Calgary #yyc
LF is coming to life ❤️
Via @TheLastOfUsHBOs pic.twitter.com/cTVWisi0wc
— The Last of Us on HBO – Status (@HBOsTheLastofUs) January 15, 2022
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 as the crew finishes up filming.
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.