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Isabel Merced Cast As Dina In ‘The Last of Us’

Dina from 'The Last of Us Part II'/Isabela Merced | Image: Getty/Naughty Dog

From Explorer to Survivor

A new actress will be joining the cast in HBO’s television adaptation of The Last of Us. Isabela Merced, most notably known for her starring role in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, has been confirmed to play a role in the upcoming second season in the post-apocalyptic drama based on Naughty Dog’s game series for Playstation. Here is everything to know about her character from the game. 

Isabela Merced as Dina 

Merced will be taking on the role of Dina, a character known to be Ellie’s new romantic interest and Jesse’s ex from the game. The show’s co-creators, writers, executive producers, and directors, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, shared some insight on why they believed Merced as the best fit for the character.

Isabela Merced | Image: Vera Anderson/Wireimage

“Dina is warm, brilliant, wild, funny, moral, dangerous and instantly lovable,” said 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.” Starring alongside her are Dopesick‘s Kaitlyn Dever, who will be playing as Abby and Young Mazino as Jesse. This will be Merced and Dever’s first time co-starring together since their work together in the movie, Rosaline

Cast and Release Date

According to other outlets, The Last of Us Part II will be filmed in Vancouver, as most of the story in the video game takes place in the Pacific Northwest. Production between HBO and Sony Pictures Television is expected to begin in February of this year. 

The Last of Us is written, directed, and produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. The show stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, and Anna Torv. Season 1 is available to stream now on several platforms, including Hulu, and Max. 

Dina and Ellie in 'The Last of Us Part II' | Image: Naughty Dog

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Marc Agbayani's favorite genres to write are fantasy, science fiction, horror, action,n and mystery. His inspiration for writing stems from his love of various forms of pop culture, such as the film series Star Wars by George Lucas and the video game series The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, going to the gym, and hosting game nights with friends

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