A surprising announcement last week was that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland has been set to play Nathan Drake in the long-gestating film based on the “Uncharted” game franchise.
Holland is decidedly younger than Drake in the games who is portrayed more as a thirty & fortysomething roguish adventurer and charmer type along the lines of actors like Chris Pratt and younger versions of Harrison Ford and Nathan Fillion.
The upside is that the choice to go young with the actor and character certainly offers plenty of future life for the franchise should it succeed, and will avoid direct comparisons with the game – allowing the films to forge their own path. A big part of that though will be getting the rest of the film’s casting right, most notably Drake’s older partner in crime, Victor “Sully” Sullivan.
Holland, speaking with Yahoo Movies this week, has offered up some ideas about who he’d like to see playing Sully:
“I think Jake Gyllenhaal could be really cool. But I actually went to the Jurassic World 2 film set the other day to visit my friend who’s directing it and Chris Pratt is on that film, who I’ve become very good friends with over the last few months. I think he would be a great Sully, I think it could be cool.
Because if it was an older movie, I would say that Chris should play Nathan, but I think he would be a cool Sully, and I love working with Chris, so if I could work with Chris some more that would be great.”
In late 2014, Pratt passed on the Nathan Drake role back when the project was a more traditional adaptation of the game series. Mark Wahlberg had been previously attached to an earlier incarnation of the project, while the likes of Karl Urban and Frank Grillo were also discussed amongst fans.
At last report, Shawn Levy was directing and Joe Carnahan had finished a new draft of the script for what was dubbed an R-rated action feature. However, the new take, which has been traced to Sony Pictures head Tom Rothman, means things will likely change again. In the same chat, Holland discussed how he and Rothman came up with the young Drake origin story angle:
“It’s an exciting one, didn’t know much about it. It was a conversation I had with Tom Rothman, about the potential of different movies that I’d like to work with for Sony, and I had the idea that maybe a young Nathan Drake is something that audiences would be very interested in. I met Shawn at the MTV Awards and we had a brief chat about the potential of doing an origin story, rather than copying what the games have done, and it seems like people are really excited about it.”
No production schedule or release date has been announced as yet.