The Last Of Us hits HBO Max later this month, which will give us a brand-new take on the franchise’s main characters Joel Miller and Ellie Williams. However, a pair of modders decided they didn’t want to wait, and they inserted the likeness of Ellie’s HBO actress Bella Ramsey into The Last Of Us Part II.
A modder by the name of Vontadeh has created a model with Ramsey’s face sculpted onto the in-game Ellie model, with another modder called smasher248 credited with creating the tools to implement the model. YouTuber Speclizer put together a montage of Ramsey as Ellie in-game, showing the modder duo’s handiwork in real time.
A pinned comment from Vontadeh on the video goes into more detail on how they were able to get Ramsey into the game. The process, per the comment, involved “modify[ing] the ‘neutral’ shape of Ellie’s face to a sculpt [they] did of Bella’s likeness.” Vontadeh also says it’s not a perfect solution, as they’re currently unable to modify the original Ellie’s expressions, which explains why the original likeness “seeps through when she’s emoting.”
The Last Of Us comes to HBO Max January 15, and it will star The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as Joel and Ramsey as Ellie. Other confirmed actors include Nick Offerman as Bill, Gabriel Luna as Joel’s brother Tommy, and Merle Dandridge as Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies.
The Last Of Us Part II is available now for PlayStation 4. The Last Of Us Part I–a remake of the original game which serves as the source material for the HBO Max show–is also available now exclusively on PlayStation 5.