The highly anticipated and Alberta filmed "The Last of Us" is slated to be released on HBO and HBOMax on Sunday, January 15, and Canadian viewers can subscribe to the HBO package through Crave.

The Last of Us, which stars Pedro Pascal (Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) centers around Pascal, who plays the character of Joel escorting Ellie, played by Ramsey, across the post-apocalyptic landscape of the U.S.

The series began production in July 2021 and wrapped in June 2022 according to ACTRA Alberta.

According to Sebastian Salazar, the communications spokesperson for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 212 said that at one point, this series employed nearly half of its members on and off during production. I.A.T.S.E. has approximately 1,400 members in its ranks.

"We have seen great growth in the number of productions coming into the province and now with The Last of Us, it was kind of an anomaly because of its size, the number of people that were hired, and the number of Albertans working on it," he said. "Ghostbusters was huge because it brought in a ton of money but The Last of Us - it's the biggest production we've seen in Canada as far as T.V. series."

Salazar underlined that the record numbers of local talent being hired is what his organization strives for because it demonstrates that home-grown Alberta talent can not only train and educate themselves in the province but can also be afforded the opportunity to work close to home.

The Last Of Us is the biggest film/television production in Canadian history.

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