Mark Wahlberg Starring In ‘Uncharted’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm,

Mark Wahlberg starring in Uncharted Mark Wahlberg Starring In Uncharted Movie

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.

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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.

What do you think of Mark Wahlberg playing Nathan Drake in Uncharted? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: MTV

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  1. i was really hoping for Nathan Fillion :(
    welp, i really have no interest in seeing this now.

    • I know, I like mark Wahlberg but Nathan Filion is better. I dont know if I want to see it now

    • Fillion would have been perfect. Stupid Hollywood never gets it right.

  2. really really really???? thats it its going to flop

  3. Awful casting choice!!!

    Wahlberg is not funny at all!!! Drake was really funny thought the games! His spot on comments define the character. Nathan Fillion on the other hand would fit Drake’s personality perfectly! :S

    All my hopes for a good hollywood Uncharted movie are now lost! :(

  4. horrible casting choice. yo, marky mark is a midget. he must be boning russell

  5. They might as well call the movie something else, Mark is the complete opposite of Nathan Drakes charater.

  6. I’m a bit dissapointed. Nothing against Mark Wahlberg, cause I have liked him in other things, but I just don’t see him as Nathan Drake. And De Niro/Pesci… dude wtf.

  7. I loved Uncharted 2, great and very fun game/cinema experience. I see why this is getting the film treatment. I wonder why it’s taking so long to get Metal Gear off the ground?? That could also be a great film. I’d love to direct a Metal Gear film taken seriously staying away from what “Save The Cat” book calls ‘Double mumbo jumbo’, more of a Dark Knight/Minority Report approach. Well that’s what I’d do.

    But yes I’m excited to see Uncharted the movie.

  8. I really hope Pesci and De Niro are smart enough to avoid this


  10. Not only is the casting choice TERRIBLE, but it seems as if yet another filmmaker is poised to get another video game movie WRONG. I know there are occasions where you need to add things to flesh out a sparse storyline, but the idea of adding “family” seems pointless to me. Sounds like it will be little more than an extended cameo for De Niro (perhaps setting up how Drake found out about his “heritage’) with Pesci being thrown in as the crazy uncle for comic effect.

    Marky Mark is totally wrong for this. He’s better at intense and brooding. When it comes to charm and cracking wise, not so much. Another case where Fillion would have been a perfect casting choice, and is yet again looked over for someone with more popular draw. Yay…

  11. i’ve got two words


    • LOL I doubt that he has played these games as well.

  12. :(

  13. Great! I don’t know what I feel like doing more, crying or puking! I am officially boycotting this travesty!

  14. I’m trying to think of any movie Mark Wahlberg was cool in. Not even good, but at least cool. Seriously, the happening? What a pus. NF all the way please. Come on studios, change your mind!

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “cool” here. But he’s been “good” in most of his movies, in a few different types of roles.

      Have you watched “I Heart Huckabees”? It’s a weird movie.. but Mark Wahlberg is the funniest part of it. In “Date Night” he helped make that movie watchable.

      He’s pretty much made 2 truly awful movies.. he just had the bad luck to make them consecutively.

      But aside from The Happening/Max Payne/Funky Bunch… what do you have against the guy?

      Personally, I don’t see him fitting this role either. But I’m not one of those Nathan Fillion fanboys who thinks he’s perfect for literally every role that there ever was. Has Fillion ever even been a part of a commercially successful film? He’s a TV actor, and will most likely always be a TV actor.

  15. Wahlberg already ruined one video game movie (he REFUSED to even play Max Payne to prepare for his role) and he’ll do the same for this. He LOOKS the part but he can’t pull off the character.

    Pesci as the uncle? Are you kidding me?

    This movie is driven by names, not by talent which spells the inevitable plunge into the “crappy video game to movie” category.

    What a damn shame.

    • I love how not one comment has a positive reaction to this! I’m not gonna be the first. BOO HISS!


  17. Listen Im a big fan of Fillion, how ever Nathan is getting up there in age and i think he might be a bit to old for Drakes part. However Walberg isnt the right guy either, I could see Thomas Jane or Zachary Levi. I think Levi would be a great choice, and i think he is just waiting for someone to put him in a great role. The big problem with this movie , will be the director, from what i read about him he isnt very well liked by many actors.

    • Loco, Jane is older than me, and he’s two years older than Fillion. So saying Nathan is getting up there in age for this type of part, then naming Jane as someone that you could see in the role is just funny lol.

      • There’s really no reason why Drake has to be young. I mean, according to the games he’s 26, but I’d have definitely pegged him as early to mid 30s. Fillion’s obviously a bit more than that, but again, nothing important to Drake’s character has to do with his age.

        His physicality, though, is another issue. Fillion is a big guy. Even when he was in shape he still looked a little thick. Nothing against him, but I just can’t picture Fillion jumping from ledge to ledge, supporting his entire body by his fingertips. Thomas Jane, on the other hand, fits this image better. Though he’s a worse choice for Drake than Marky Mark is.

  18. Wow… this on par with the casting of Jake G. as a prince of persia.

  19. wow. fillion would have been a GREAT choice… but wahlberg has had some great performances in the past. as long as they stick to the witty dialogue and epic scale that the games did so well.. it could be worth some time to see it.

  20. I’m out.

    Loved Uncharted 1 and 2 was even better but screw this movie I’m out.

    I wanted Fillion but knew that wouldn’t happen I was ok with that as long as they made a good choice but this is one of the worst possible choices. Guess I’ll wait and see if the Mass Effect film ever happens because this will be awful. It’s Max Payne 2 Max goes globe trottin.

    Thanks for destroying another good property marky mark I really want to punch that guy.

    • David O.Russell doesn’t have the talent do do this Justice anyway Daniel.

  21. I like Mark Wahlberg… I really do… the problem is he didn’t play the Max Payne games… that’s why he failed to capture the character. I agree that Mark’s not a comical guy, but I think if he really tried, he MIGHT be able to get into the “Nathan Drake” mindset and actually be funny.

    • agreed with ya

  22. GEEZUS! Awful casting………..

  23. Damn! I wanted an unknown actor for the role! Oh well,ill still see this.

  24. Seriously, Russell. If you absolutely HAVE to have DeNiro and Pesci in this movie, than cast them as Sully and Roman. They’re terrible for either part, but at least then they’d be playing characters from the game itself. They even have a couple scenes together!

  25. Hopefully this doesn’t suck like all the other video game movies did well accept fog Prince of Persia but it will, there’s know way that video game movies will positively succeed not now not ever. I’d rather watch a sequel to Prince of Persia than this, and if Fox is gonna end up behind then the movie will be an epic fail. Just look at Hitman and Max Payne.

  26. *it

  27. For*

  28. is this an early April Fool’s?? if it is….FIRST!!

  29. ALL IN…….CALL.