From Tomb Raider all the way up to to Assassin's Creed, it looks like Hollywood is as determined as ever to make a success out of video game adaptions, and Naughty Dog's adventure saga Uncharted is the latest game to undergo the process. The third-person shooter follows protagonist Nathan Drake — the self-styled decedent of the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake — as he hunts down the world's most ancient treasures. The series launched its fourth and final title with Drake back in May, but the cinematic nature of the games has made it prime movie material for developing his character further.
For years, it had been rumored that Hollywood action dude Mark Wahlberg was signed on to star was the dashing treasure hunter, but when asked in an interview with We Got This Covered, Wahlberg set the record straight:
“As of now, no, I’m not attached.”
Fans assumed Wahlberg was out when Shawn Levy took over from David O. Russell to direct the saga. Levy, who is best known for his work on Real Steel, #Arrival and Stranger Things, took on the long-gestating project last month, giving the adaption a sense of stability it desperately needed. As far as casting goes, everyone has an opinion on who could play the ruggedly handsome Drake. Speaking to Collider, Levy said:
“I’ve been pitched everyone. God bless you, Twitter, but I made a joke that, “You’re saving me the money of hiring a casting director, Twitter,” because from Nikolaj [Coster-Waldau] to Oscar Isaac, [Nathan] Fillion, everyone that you would, [Chris] Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Pine…
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While all of the above are excellent (and obvious) choices, there are several actors that could definitely add a little more depth to the hunky and good-natured thief.
Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion has continually expressed great interest in starring in the #Uncharted adaption, and even tried to start a Twitter campaign back in 2010 to bag him the role. As an older actor, he would be able to 'Batfleck' the role, and show us the more mature and weathered Drake that saw in #Uncharted4.
Nathan Drake spends an exorbitant amount of time hanging off cliff sides, so if you need someone who wouldn't blink at doing all their own stunts, Survivor's Yul Kwon's your man — he is a real life action hero. It was revealed in Unchartered 4 that (spoilers) Drake and his long-lost brother Sam changed their names as kids because of their mother's (unproven) theory, styling themselves as descendants of Francis Drake — so Nathan could totally be played by a non-white actor if he fit the bill. The Asian-American TV star is still new to acting, but would bring excellent diversity, intelligence and serious abs to the series.
The voice and attitude of Nathan Drake himself is actually Joe Carnahan's top pick to star in the movies. Carnahan, who is currently writing the script for the movie, told Collider that "in a perfect world it'd be Nolan North." North famously known throughout the #VideoGames world for his voice work in Assassin's Creed, Destiny and #TheLastOfUs, among others. Sadly, it is very unlikely he will fully embody Drake, as North is not an actor — but perhaps a cameo could be in order?
The 30-year-old actor is best known for his work in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Lone Ranger, and as both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. While Hammer may not be as bigger name as say, Chris Evans or Oscar Isaac, he would certainly bring Drake's good looks and rugged spirit to the role.
The sexiest Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit on CBS's Criminal Minds could definitely branch out to become out next favorite treasure-hunting action hero. His previous roles prove he can carry Nathan's intelligence and thoughtfulness, as well as general hotness — and can totally hold his own in a gun fight.
The youngest Hemsworth sibling does have an uncanny resemblance to a young Nathan Drake, which would start the series off on the right foot if they were planning to expand the franchise. It would also be a good chance for Liam to join his brother in the action universe, which he has proven he can do thanks to his work in The Hunger Games and Independence Day — Nathan Drake would definitely help him shake off the 'romantic lead' typecast he is so often stuck with too.
If all goes to plan, Levy hopes to start shooting the Uncharted epic in late Spring 2017, which would give a film a late-2018/2019 release. With no word on what incarnation of Drake we will receive, all we can hope for is that the series won't be pushed back another five years — especially as the franchise is planning to move forward in a somewhat different direction with the announcement of Uncharted 4 DLC titled #LostLegacy.
Which actor would you love to see play Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie? Let us know in the comments!