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Uncharted Avenger

A few weeks ago we were blessed with a 15 minuted Uncharted fan film starring Nathan Fillion (of Firefly and Castle fame) as Nathan Drake. Since the inception of the Uncharted video game franchise Fillion has been mentioned as the actor who should take the role of Drake. This is most likely because the character resembles Fillion so much that it's been hard to think of any other actor filling his shoes. Yesterday the director of the upcoming studio-backed Uncharted film told us that we were all wrong. Shawn Levy said via an interview with The Playlist "We now have a very good script and we have our star in Tom Holland. That is now subject to schedule and additional casting. But I would say as of right now, that seems to be the most near horizon. And it’s a movie I’m very excited about."


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That's right, that kid that played an excellent Spider-Man is going to be Nathan Drake. Now, if you're saying to yourself "wait...isn't Nathan Drake a middle aged ruggedly handsome treasure hunter dude" you're not wrong. Apparently, this Nathan Drake story will be a prequel because of course it will be. Holland was actually cast as Drake in May of 2017 but that was before the film even had a scriptwriter attached. Joe Carnahan (Death Wish & The Grey) is said to have completed a script for Levy. Hopefully, the team at Naughty Dog will give it's approval of this project  like they did with Fillion's fan film version. 

 

Nathan Fillion is FINALLY Nathan Drake!

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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.

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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. 

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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!