Director David O. Russell’s wish comes true, just as Nathan Fillion’s wish tragically dies. The Firefly star (Fillion) began a Twitter campaign to help land him the lead role in the Uncharted video game movie adaption, but that part now officially belongs to Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg has confirmed that he will play the adventurer Nathan Drake in Uncharted, which will mark his fourth collaboration with Russell – a filmmaker known for being difficult to work with (and, as Christopher Nolan learned, a man willing to put you in a headlock in order to get what he wants).
Russell recently announced his plans for Uncharted to feature Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci. While it was made clear that Wahlberg was in line to play the Indiana Jones-esque lead in the film, fans were left in the dark as to how screen legends De Niro and Pesci fit into the picture.
Wahlberg spoke to MTV about starring in Uncharted and provided the following explanation for the rumored De Niro/Pesci reunion as well (note: we’re not sure whether his chart pun was intentional or not):
“I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of ['Uncharted'] is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.”
None of Nathan Drake’s family appeared in the original Uncharted games, which will allow Russell to create a backstory for the characters without violating the series canon – whether fans are going to like what the filmmaker comes up with is another story.
Uncharted is expected to be based off the first entry in the original video game series, Drake’s Fortune, which revolves around Nathan Drake as he tracks down the coffin of his ancestor – 16th century British sea captain, Sir Francis Drake – only to set off on another quest: find the mystical city of El Dorado.
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the second National Treasure movie both used El Dorado as a MacGuffin (re: plot-driving device) in a fashion similar to that of Drake’s Fortune. Russell delivered a unique take on the war movie genre with Three Kings and this winter’s The Fighter looks to offer a fresh spin on the underdog sports drama. So chances are that Uncharted will be (if nothing else) unlike the average globe-trotting adventure pic. It could even elevate the video game movie genre to a new plateau: acceptable.
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