While I don’t think Tom Holland was the right casting choice for Nathan Drake, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, given he’s playing a younger iteration of the treasure hunter.
To celebrate the world premiere of the Uncharted movie trailer, Neil Druckmann posted a blog on the Naughty Dog website. I can’t believe it’s been 14 years since the first Uncharted game on PlayStation 3 but according to Druckmann, it’s been that long.
The trailer features a younger Nathan Drake, seemingly working as a bartender where he meets Mark Wahlberg’s Sully before the two join up and embark on a treasure hunt. Surprisingly, we get a mention of Sam, Nathan’s older brother we met in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. We see a bit of Chloe Frazer played by Sophia Ali, and Antonia Bandera who will play the antagonist in the film. The trailer builds up to a scene familiar to anyone who played Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where Nate wakes up stuck to cargo in a plane before having to jump and scurry back onto the plane thousands of feet up in the air.
It’s clear the movie will have several references to the game for players, given how the trailer pays homage to the video game set pieces from Naughty Dog.
“Uncharted has had huge impact, not only on the people that created it, but to millions of worldwide fans, becoming one of PlayStation’s most enjoyed franchises – spanning four stand-alone titles as well as a spinoff starring Chloe Frazer with The Lost Legacy as well!” says Druckmann.
My own journey began with the launch of the first game and with every new game, quickly become a new obsession. I played the Uncharted games for the story, the characters, and the sense of adventure that Naughty Dog is known to deliver with each video game they create.
Druckmann goes on to say that when he discussed the film with the film’s director, Ruben Fleischer, he said he “made the movie for both hardcore fans of the game and those who are not yet familiar with the franchise and believe that both will be equally entertained by this incredibly fun and action-packed film.”
It’s pretty clear Sony has a lot of plans to offer fans more than just blockbuster video games, with several projects currently in the works including HBO’s The Last of Us television adaption, a potential Twisted Metal television show, and several other unnamed properties, too.
Uncharted launches on February 18 in theatres.