'Last Man Standing' Star Kaitlyn Dever's Latest Career News Has Fans Divided

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Kaitlyn Dever Announces Major Career News Gotham

After a successful 2023 starring in the hit Hulu film No One Will Save You, Kaitlyn Dever is keeping the ball rolling in 2024. In January of 2023, HBO Max released a new series based on a popular video game titled The Last of Us, which immediately became one of their most popular shows to date. After being renewed for season 2, The Last of Us producers have been on the hunt for an actress to play Abby Anderson. This week, Kaitlyn Dever announced that she secured the role and will be starring in season 2 alongside Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie.

HBO CEO Casey Bloys announced in November that season 2 production will kick off in February, but the official season 2 release date has not been announced. While fans of Kaitlyn Dever and her past work, including Booksmart, Last Man Standing, and Rosaline, are thrilled, The Last of Us video game purists aren't too sure Dever is the best fit for the role.

In the video game, Abby is described and portrayed as tall and muscular, while actress Kaitlyn Dever stands at 5 foot 2 inches, and has a slim figure. This discrepancy leaves a lot of fans unhappy with the casting decision.

"She's gonna have to put on some 💪💪 to play Abby" and "not surprised that a tall, buff female character was casted as a petite, conventional girl. disappointing," fans commented on Instagram. Several fans pointed out that Australian actress Shannon Berry would have been a better fit for the role.

However, many fans flooded Kaitlyn with their support. "Oh I am so in love with this casting ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️," "now this is iconic❤️🙌" and "Welcome Abby 💪🔨," fans wrote on Dever's post. Other fans warned Kaitlyn of the inevitable criticism she'll receive due to the nature of Abby's character: "I'm so sorry for what the internet is going to unjustifiably do to you" and "congrats but girl avoid the internet at all costs for your own sanity," fans chimed in.

Whether you think Kaitlyn Dever was the right choice to play Abby or not, we can't help but be excited for season 2 of The Last of Us, and we can't wait to see what Dever does next!

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