Sony Pictures has announced the casting of Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake – set to helm the upcoming Uncharted movie.
The Uncharted movie has been kicking around Sony’s movie division since 2009. With various actors coming and going, it seemed as though the movie was doomed to be stuck in limbo forever. Now though Sony has finally pulled its finger out, reportedly sticking Spiderman’s Tom Holland into the lead title role of Nathan Drake.
The story reportedly will focus on a younger Nathan Drake, specifically a sequence that appeared in the the third outing of the videogame series. This explains why Tom Holland has been considered for the role – despite being notably younger than Nathan Drake is in the videogames.
Sony has been working for a number of years to get Uncharted off the ground. The movie has passed through various scripts from Joe Carnahan, David Guggenheim and Eric Warren Singer.
The Uncharted movie has become the personal passion project of Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, who has been looking to turn around the fortunes of the flagging movie studio. The recent Marvel Cinematic Universe outing for Spiderman reportedly has energised this project – helping to convince some within the studio of the value. This comes alongside the news that Shawn Levy will be directing the movie.
Certainly there’s no doubting Tom Holland’s acting chops. He’s a good actor and a young one too, allowing for him to grow into the role of Nathan Drake. The problem is that a prequel like this risks being a none-entity for fans of the franchise. Nathan Drake’s story has been concluded in the main series of games – which makes the prospect of a prequel movie all the more off putting.
For what it’s worth, the Uncharted series is one of the jewels of Sony’s PlayStation gaming lineup. We suspect that a lot of time and care will be needed to ensure that this doesn’t drop beneath the minimum expectations of the series.
No release date has been given for Uncharted: The Movie.