After months (even years for some fans) of speculation surrounding the eventual release of a theatrical film based on Naughty Dog's popular Uncharted video game series, it seems we are now closer than ever to seeing the film get made. The PlayStation exclusive series has been an enormous favorite for many gamers, though a lack of details and a sense of hesitation has left many fans uncertain whether a film featuring Nathan Drake and his treasure hunting friends is a good idea.
Recently however, some significant details have been announced regarding the film's cast and crew. Most importantly perhaps, a recent report by Deadline, has announced that Tom Holland has landed the role of young Nathan Drake, and that the upcoming film's plot will likely surround the events of Drake's life prior to the plot of Drake's Fortune. Additionally, the upcoming film's plot will take heavy inspiration from Nathan Drake's flashback scenes in Drake's Deception and A Thief's End.
At this point, fans who were hopeful following the announcement that an Uncharted film script was completed earlier this year can now throw their hopes out the window. A new script is being written specifically for Holland's Drake. This can likely be forgiven however, seeing as how there is a significant age gap between the 20 year old Holland and the 12-14 year old Drake whom he is set to play.
Making this work would require some creative manipulation on the part of the film's writers if Sony Pictures execs are hoping to put significant faith in Holland, and it appears as though they are. According to a report by CNET, Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rotham was so impressed with Holland's performance in the soon-to-be-released film Spider-Man: Homecoming that he insisted the company double down on the actor as a franchise star. If this first film goes well, the company plans on launching into a full-scale Uncharted franchise.
In addition to Holland's casting, Sony Pictures has also announced that Shawn Levy, known for directing several episodes of Netflix's hit show Stranger Things (2016-17) as well as films like Real Steel (2011) and the Night at the Museum trilogy, is slated to direct the film.