It seems most everybody wants Scarlett Johansson (keep reading...) to star in their next film, and David O. Russell is no exception. The Fighter filmmaker is in the midst of developing his Uncharted adaptation and has mentioned the blonde bombshell as being on his wish list to star.
Fans of the original PS3 title Uncharted: Drake's Fortune have been vocal about their displeasure concerning Russell's decision to cast Mark Wahlberg or deviate significantly from the game's plot by adding a family dynamic. Bringing Miss Johansson onboard, however, is one move that's unlikely to upset them too much.
Uncharted protagonist and treasure-plunderer Nathan Drake (Wahlberg) is accompanied on his adventures by the reporter/journalist Elena Fisher - the role Johansson would play. Miss Fisher is not only a match for Drake in terms of spirit and sheer gusto, but she is also (unrealistically?) capable in combat - and, of course, easy on the eyes. After watching Johansson disassemble a team of security guards with naught but her hands (and thighs) in Iron Man 2, one would be hard pressed to argue that she can't handle a part like that.
Russell mentioned the Lost in Translation star as someone he'd like to see play Elena while chatting with Empire, and also cited his Fighter actress Amy Adams as another potential candidate - if he gets his way. On the topic of the Uncharted female lead, the offbeat auteur had this to mention as well:
"Ah, Elena. I've cultivated her quite a bit and I think I've added a lot of dimension to her so that's all I'm going to say. I love the woman characters and the more robust they are, the more robust the movie ... there's [sic] a lot of greater [actresses] I think might suit. Hopefully, we'll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role..."
Johansson is currently busy filming Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and has The Avengers to tackle soon thereafter, so her immediate availability is limited. The actress has long been rumored as a possibility to star in Lionsgate's Regency-era splatterfest, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and may still be "loosely attached" to appear in another romance/undead mashup, Breathers: A Zombie's Lament as well. So the chances that Russell will get her onboard for Uncharted are rather slim right now.
Someone like Adams would also be quite fun to watch play a rough n' ready gal in the vein of Indiana Jones love interest Marion Ravenwood. The multiple Oscar-nominee shed her cutesy image with her foul-mouthed turn in The Fighter. Would other moviegoers like to see her work with Russell again ?
Wahlberg previously mentioned that Uncharted could begin shooting this summer, but Russell is reportedly also looking into making the comic book flick 2 Guns first. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.
Who do you want to see play Elena in Uncharted?
BONUS: For more info on the Uncharted video game series and the characters that appear in it, head over to Game Rant.