After over a decade of development (and seven directors), it seems that Sony’s Uncharted movie is finally, really, truly going to actually come out — and it has the trailer to prove it.
Starring Tom Holland as an incongruously young version of fortune hunter / adventurer / general human punching bag Nathan Drake, Uncharted is set long before the popular video game series, winding the clock back before Drake was a seasoned Indiana Jones knockoff to the start of his career.
It is kind of hard to shake how young Holland looks here compared to his more grizzled video game counterpart, along with what appears to be an identical American accent to his Spider-Man voice in the Marvel films. But Sony will have plenty of time to convince fans to get on board in the coming months.
Despite ostensibly being a prequel, fans of the games will note that a lot of the action in the film looks very familiar: the big plane set piece looks ripped right out of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, for example.
The film also features other notable Uncharted characters, even if they’ve been rendered virtually unidentifiable here: Mark Wahlberg is playing a mustache-less Sully (Nathan’s father figure / partner), while Sophia Taylor Ali is a young Chloe Frazer, who apparently knows Sully in this version of the franchise.
The first trailer for “Uncharted,
” a film adaptation of the hit Playstation video game franchise from Naughty Dog, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, has arrived, with the duo globetrotting and searching for treasure.
“Uncharted” is directed by Ruben Fleischer, with a script penned by “Iron Man” duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and Rafe Judkins, based off of a screen story by Judkins. Holland plays Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who is accompanied by Wahlberg’s Sully and Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, who may have a spark with Drake.
“As soon as you start worrying about ‘Do I look good in this shot?’ acting becomes something other than playing a character,” he said. “I think there are elements of my performance in ‘Uncharted’ where I kind of fell under that spell of being ‘I want to look good now. I want this to be my cool moment.’ I had to play this very tough, very stoic guy — basically be Mark Wahlberg. My character is supposed to be a fucking action hero in this moment! Look, I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know if I succeeded in that. But it was an important lesson learned, because, at times, it was less about land a mark and go through this scene and more about land a mark, stand like this and see my bulging biceps. … It was a mistake and is something that I will probably never do again.”
Fortune favors the bold. Based on one of the best-selling, most critically acclaimed video game series of all time, Uncharted introduces audiences to the young street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) and showcases his first treasure hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg). In an action-adventure epic that spans the globe, the two go in dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nathan’s long-lost brother. The movie stars Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas. The screenplay is by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.
It is produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad. Executive producers are Ruben Fleischer, Robert J. Dohrmann, David Bernad, Tom Holland, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Neil Druckmann, Evan Wells, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway. Uncharted, directed by Ruben Fleischer, arrives in theaters on February 18, 2022.
There may not be any giant rotating rooms that slowly explode in a burst of long-buried light, but let’s give it time: After it leaked last night, Sony has officially released the trailer for Uncharted, the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series. And before you say, “Wait a minute, that guy looks awfully young to be the craggy and weathered adventurer Nathan Drake,” let’s go ahead and confirm that, yes, this is a prequel. Hollywood, thy name is predictable.
Still! For those who have followed the 13-year journey to the cinema of Nathan, Sully, Chloe, and more, it’s exciting to finally see this thing come to fruition.
True, it’s not the Nathan Fillion-starring version we initially envisioned (guess he’ll have to settle for that fun fan-made short film he did), nor the brief time we thought Mark Wahlberg might play Nathan Drake (blessings) before returning to play Sully. But it actually exists, which we genuinely doubted might ever happen.
Tom Holland, though younger than the character fans have come to know (or older, if you count all the flashback sequences from Uncharted 4), makes for a solid adventurer-to-be, as the trailer implies we’ll see him go from bartender and amateur historian to globe-trotting hero in a matter of days (hours?).