I can see her, but him? I'm not sure. Pedro gives me just a tad too much of sensitive guy vibes, whereas Joel needs to have an undertone of danger, a man that can be absolutely ruthless if need be. Well, maybe Pedro has done something to that effect that I haven't seen. I'm willing to be positively surprised.
And Mahershala Ali, what the hell? I think he could actually pull off Joel's character, but Joel was created as a white guy, so he simply should be white. I guess the Neil Druckmann of the 2010's didn't have the foresight that in the 2020's it would be hip for characters to be anything other than white. I'm sick of everybody playing fast and loose with races and genders of original characters. Although I guess Pedro is technically latino, but he passes as caucasian.