Ever since the release of Uncharted for the PS3 in 2007 fans have been dying to see Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) take on the role of Uncharted's hero, Nathan Drake.
Well, the wait is over.
Director Allan Ungar dropped his "Live Action Fan Film" simply titled "Uncharted" on YouTube this morning and it's everything you've dreamed of, or at least 15 minutes of that dream. I use quotations because to say this is just a "fan film" would be an insult. It's FANTASTIC! Nathan Fillion is pitch perfect as Drake. He captures everything we love about the wise-cracking globe trotting treasure hunter, originally voiced by Nolan North across the span of four games in the Uncharted franchise. You can't help but grin when Fillion is revealed in the midst of another adventure. An even greater surprise comes in the form of Drake's cigar chomping mentor and sidekick, Sully, played by Stephen Lang (Avatar). I had long wondered who might be cast in this role were a movie ever to be made and I have to say that casting was spot on. They even manage to make a nod to the games' seamless flow from cutscene to gameplay with a clever edit. If you cross your eyes you'd swear it was gameplay footage from the latest release.
For the eagle-eyed nerd there's a little something special in the form of a cameo from Ernie Reyes Jr. of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II fame.
As a die-hard fan from the beginning I must say this is a day I never thought I'd see. As the years passed following the first game the hopes of seeing Fillion as Drake dwindled. It didn't seem like a franchise Hollywood was interested in making at the time and if some studio did manage to secure the rights it they would make anything but the right casting choice. I'm not holding my breath hoping that this was just a teaser of a motion picture in the works. I know it won't happen, but at the very least I got to see some of my favorite characters from the video game universe jump off screen. Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming) has signed on to play a young Drake in an upcoming film and that sounds pretty cool. But if that movie blows, we still got to see Drake "Fill-ed" out.
If you haven't played any of the Uncharted games, or if you've ever wanted to play a movie, drop what you are doing and find a PS4 now!