For almost 8 years, Naughty Dog has been letting us experience the story of the swashbuckling and sharp Nathan Drake through the Uncharted Saga. With the last game of the franchise coming out on PS4 in 2016 and Sony announcing a movie to be released in 2017, we as fans can't help but speculate on who will bring Drake to life on the big screen. For your consideration, here are a few options:
The 44-year-old actor may be a bit older than the explorer, but that doesn't mean he can't play him. Cooper has shown in past roles, like in The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook, and Wedding Crashers, that he can play an arrogant and brilliant character. Not only that, but Cooper's surfer's physique is similar to Drake's. Overall, Cooper would be a great choice to play Nathan Drake, he would definitely give a great performance and could physically play Drake well, but Cooper facially doesn't look as similar as other actors on this list do.
Dean Geyer found international notoriety on Glee for his incredible abs and his great singing voice. But it's often forgotten that before Geyer's time on Glee, he was on the fox action-adventure Terra-Nova. Although he is a bit young at 29 years-old to play the seasoned thief, Geyer could definitely bring a certain energy to the role that more practiced actors might not be able to find.
The 25-year-old Aussie has shown he can handle a role in a major franchise, after portraying Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games Saga. Out of all the actors on this list, Hemsworth is definitely the actor who looks the most like Nathan Drake. He has also shown that he has the ability to handle the action and stunt aspect of Nathan Drake, after his role in The Expendables 2. The only drawback to Hemsworth playing Nathan Drake would be how young he appears. I don't think he could play the Nathan Drake we all know from the video games, but if Naughty Dog were to make a movie of Uncharted before the events of Drake's Fortune, Hemsworth should be on the top of their list.
Jensen Ackles is my personal favorite to play Nathan Drake. At 37, he's a just the right age and has the perfect look to play the Nathan Drake we all know from the video game saga. Ackles is one of the most underutilized actors in Hollywood, showing his talents for ten seasons alongside his cast members of Supernatural. He has shown he has the range to play the sarcastic and smart Drake, a character with a similar personality as his character Dean Winchester. The only drawback to using Ackles to play Nathan Drake would be Ackles' availability. He was actually offered the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers franchise, but turned it down due to his commitments to Supernatural. With no foreseeable end to the show, the likelihood of us seeing Jensen Ackles playing Nathan Drake would be slim to none. But we can always imagine.
Who would you like to see playing Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie?