Um, okay. I wasn’t expecting Peter Parker when Sony was talking about Nathan Drake. Apparently that’s the case, though.
In a stunning new development in the Uncharted movie that has long been stuck in development hell, Sony Pictures made a surprising announcement that they had cast their movie’s Nathan Drake. The role has officially gone to British actor Tom Holland, more recently known for playing Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
This casting is… unusual, to say the least. For one thing, Holland is too young to portray Nathan Drake. In the video game series, Drake is a 30 year-old adventurer who is on the hunt for buried treasure. Holland, in comparison, is 20 and looks like he’s 15. Physically, he doesn’t look at all like Nathan Drake. He just doesn’t fit the part.
Granted, the Uncharted film is written as a prequel to the best-selling games rather than a traditional adaptation, but then that raises another issue with this production. Why waste time making a prequel when people clearly want to see a cinematic experience of the game? Previous actors attached to this role included Mark Wahlberg and Chris Pratt, and while neither of them look exactly like the in-game Drake, they both look more similar to him than Holland’s minuscule figure does. How can Sony guarantee that this movie will feel like an Uncharted movie and not a Spider-Man 1.5?
And just to be clear, I’m not criticizing Holland as an actor. The guy clearly has talent and has a promising career ahead of him. But I just don’t see him in this role in any way whatsoever. Ben Affleck cast as Batman made more sense than this.
The film is being produced by Charles Roven (Man of Steel, Justice League) and Avi Arad (Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-Man) and directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel, “Stranger Things”). We’ll have to wait and see how Holland does as everyone’s favorite scavenger.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Deadline, Screenrant