Uncharted has been popular on gaming consoles since it arrived in 2007, but its journey to the big screen has been much more rocky. The action-adventure game, which follows treasure-hunting hero Nathan Drake, has been in development for years on end. David O. Russell (American Hustle) was attached to direct in 2014, then Neil Burger (Divergent), then Seth Gordon (Baywatch), but they all eventually fell through. A release date was planned for June of 2017 but canceled. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were even said to have been approached to pen a draft of the screenplay, though the job ultimately went to Joe Carnahan.
In October, however, it seemed things were finally looking up. Shawn Levy, best known for helming the Night At the Museum series -- and, more recently, his work on Stranger Things -- was confirmed to direct. The film was fast-tracked, and Levy revealed he was aiming to begin filming in the spring of 2017. Names like Oscar Isaac, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, Chris Evans, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau were all thrown around on Twitter as potential leads. Mark Wahlberg, in particular, was frequently linked to Uncharted, though it was assumed he'd since dropped out.
On Monday, the Transformers: The Last Knight star officially squashed any lingering rumors that he’d be taking on the role of Drake -- or any other, for that matter. During an interview with We Got This Covered, Wahlberg confirmed he was no longer on board. “As of now, no, I’m not attached,” he said. “If I was, you would have heard about it.” That doesn’t mean he won’t be approached at a later date, but the response to his potential role was mixed, so Levy may want to opt for someone who will hit stronger with players. As he told Collider:
“[I’ve been pitched] every actor who is ruggedly handsome, which is to say every movie star, and who looks anything like the square-jawed, chiseled-featured Drake. I’m not actually going to base my casting on Twitter suggestions. Maybe I’ve even said the name in this room; who knows?”
The singular “name” would seem to imply Levy has a specific person in mind, but he isn’t giving away any clues. He could go the big name route a la Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed, or maybe he’ll look to Nathan Fillion, who at one point campaigned for the role. Nonetheless, Drake is known for his distinctive personality, and the Uncharted fan base is fervent, so it will need to be a careful choice. For now, fans will simply have to wait for the announcement with bated breath.
Source: We Got This Covered