Update: Nathan Fillion stars in an Uncharted fan film as Nathan Drake.
Nathan Fillion is hinting that he may have taken a leading role as Nathan Drake in Shawn Levy's Uncharted movie adaptation. Tentative plans for Uncharted have been in the works since Avi Arad announced he was interested in 2008 and there are still hopes that Naughty Dog's acclaimed quadrilogy of adventure games will get big screen outing.
With Uncharted expected to follow the gaming franchise and focus on the Indiana Jones-esque treasure hunter, fans already know that Tom Holland is linked to play a young Drake. The movie was thought to just be an origin story rather than retell the games, but the filmmakers could also be looking for someone to play an older version of Drake. While names like Chris Pratt, Scott Eastwood, and Bradley Cooper have all been thrown around, Fillion has always been a popular choice in Uncharted circles.
With a cryptic tease, Fillion took to Instagram and shared a picture of the rapper Drake alongside the caption "Sic Parvis Magna. 7/16/18." Reading like a riddle that Nathan Drake himself would unravel, Uncharted players will know that "Sic Parvis Magna"("Greatness From Small Beginnings") relates to the Drake family name. The games revealed that Nathan is a descendant of Sir Francis Drake and the phrase features prominently on a ring passed down to him. "Sic Parvis Magna" becomes Drake's unofficial motto in the game, and considering Fillion even started his own Twitter campaign to portray adult Nathan Drake back in 2010, an announcement could be just around the corner. The date suggests that something big is coming on Monday, July 16.
The Firefly actor may always be Mal Reynolds to some, but with Fillion boasting roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Castle, and even a cut part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, he has leading man status written all over him. Fillion had only one condition for playing Drake, but it never came to be. Now that the movie enters a new era with a new direction, it could be the perfect time for the 47-year-old to step up to the part alongside Holland.
The potential of an Uncharted movie or series of movies could cash in on the current resurgence of game-to-video adaptations. The genre was once dogged by the likes of House of the Dead and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but after the success of the Resident Evil movies and thanks to recent releases including Tomb Raider and high hopes for the upcoming DOOM reboot, fans are slowly having their faith restored that there isn't a video game movie curse. With Indiana Jones 5 now facing further delays from Disney, Sony's Uncharted could neatly fill that gap with both Holland and Fillion in tow.