We've all been following Uncharted film news with bated breath for seemingly forever now. The movie has gone through multiple casting rumors, a supposedly awesome screenplay, at least two directors, and so many more tidbits of news. Most recently, it would seem that the director of Stranger Things will have the same role on the Uncharted film. And even more new news, Nathan Drake's casting has been announced yet again. We're looking at Tom Holland this time. If you don't recognize his name yet, we won't blame you. He's the newest fast-talking Spider-Man. We first saw him in Captain America: Civil War, as he chatted up Tony Stark and fought alongside Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, and Black Panther.
Tom Holland is a veritable baby at 20 years young, and yet he's been tapped to play Nathan Drake. At first I was incredibly puzzled, as I'm sure many were when they read this news. Nathan Drake is in his thirties. Why in the world would they cast such a young actor to play that role? There were so many people that were hoping to see Nathan Fillion in the role of Nathan Drake. His acting style and personality from previous roles were considered a perfect match. Frankly, I would have found the casting to be interesting myself. Fillion's on-screen personality is slightly different from Drake's, so it would have been a new take on the character or been a cool opportunity to see Nathan Fillion act a bit different than his seemingly type-cast personality.
There's no such luck for anyone who had their hearts set on a certain someone. Barring any major changes in the film again, Holland is it. To ease some fears that you probably rightly had, it would seem the script for the film has taken a very different turn. It will not be the Drake that we know and love, but rather a younger version of him. The Uncharted film would now be a prequel inspired by the flashbacks in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. It will show Nathan Drake first meeting his mentor, Victor Sullivan. This seems to make perfect sense considering the director. Shawn Levy, showed the adventures of a handful of children that completely captivated all of us in Stranger Things. He should be able to bring the same sense of excitement to a young Nathan Drake easily.
While some may be equally interested in this concept, it's still possible that this could be a horrible flop. I'm partially excited by the possibility of a really cool prequel movie where we see Nathan turn into the man we know and love from the games. That would be a great introduction those unfamiliar with the series and would open the series up for future success with an adult Nathan. However, I am quite a bit disappointed to have to wait much longer. Sure, this is probably commercially the best choice, and logically I can see and respect that. But on an inner, “I want it now!” level, I'm bummed.
There's also the concern that video game films are notoriously bad. I talked about this really recently, in fact. In my article about video game films, I mentioned that Uncharted could be an awesome new take on the Indiana Jones style action-adventure film. This prequel is quite a bit different from that. It's possible that the film might just be silly and goofy and not give us enough of that Uncharted action that we crave. I really don't want to see Uncharted end up on a list of crappy video game adaptations with BloodRayne, Assassin's Creed, or Alone in the Dark.
What do you think of the casting of Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake? Are you on my side thinking that he's still a little too baby even to play a young version of Uncharted's star? How do you feel about the prequel aspect of the film? Let me know in the comments!