Uncharted fans are getting Nathan Fillion’s interpretation of Nathan Drake after all, but not in the film we were expecting.
Late last week, Nathan Fillion teased a reveal for July 16th that was fairly obviously Uncharted related. In spite of the groundswell of community support for Fillion playing Drake, the actor was never named for a role in Uncharted’s theatrical release, leading to much suspicion surrounding what the reveal could mean.
The reveal was indeed for Fillion playing the role of Drake, but in a fan-made movie, rather than the upcoming big screen adaptation. This reveal may not initially sound satisfying to some fans, but they will want to give the fan film a look before passing judgement. While only about 15 minutes long, its production quality is astonishingly high, and Fillion fills Drake’s shoes just as well as we expected him to. This rendition of an Uncharted adventure doesn’t have quite the degree of adventuring one would hope for, but it makes up for it with brawling and quips that do the game series proud.
At only a quarter of an hour, director Allan Ungar set an immensely high bar for the upcoming theatrical version. Should Fillion not be involved with the bigger project—which is very much looking to be the case—director Shawn Levy had better deliver on every other aspect of the film, less his multimillion dollar project get overshadowed by a YouTube video.
The hero that is speculated to be challenging Fillion’s Drake is Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, although given Holland’s age, some are expecting him to take on the role of a younger Drake in flashback sequences, while someone else handles the Drake we’re familiar with. As for Drake’s father figure Sully—played by Avatar actor Steven Lang in the fan short—Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame has been rumored to be taking up the mantle after he was reported to be playing a supporting role in the film.
The Uncharted film does not yet has a release window. Levy previously said the film would begin shooting in 2017, but that never came to pass. At the moment, it’s unclear when production will begin.