According to theilluminerdi (via DiscussinFilm), Mahershala Ali was Offered the Lead Role Of Joel In HBO’s ‘THE LAST OF US’ series.
The role is said to be "Ali’s for the taking" if he wants it. The source has been spot on with their casting scoops in the past
The Last of Us is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed and centers on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for a deadly pandemic.
Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and the game's creator Neil Druckmann are writing and executive producing the show.