After many, many years (it’s been 12) and many, many directors (it’s been seven), Sony’s long-awaited Uncharted movie is finally coming. No, really. Swear to God.
In fact, not only is it in production, today, the first pictures were shared. The most exciting is the first look of Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, which he shared on his social media:
Even though Holland is universally beloved, plenty of fans were skeptical of him playing Nathan Drake, as the Nathan Drake from the video games is a grizzled adventurer and treasure hunter well into his 30s. But I think Holland looks great here, no? Granted, it’s not like Nathan Drake’s uniform of cargo pants and a Henley shirt is particularly unique, but with simply a picture, Holland once again shows his natural charisma.
Plus, can I take a moment to mention the hair? It looks far better than I had hoped considering the first costume test hair he posted a few months back, which, uh…well. See for yourself:
Clearly, even Holland knew that the Milo-in-Disney’s-Atlantis look wasn’t working for him. (But seriously, can we please for real get him to play Milo in the live-action remake of Atlantis?)
But that wasn’t the only picture we got today. Sony also shared a few more behind-the-scenes pics from the Uncharted set.
For those of you who aren’t necessarily huge gamers and are wondering who that is with Tom in the first picture, it’s Nolan North, the longtime voice of Nathan Drake in the Naughty Dog video game franchise. The second is a heavily-jeweled relic that looks like something between a sword hilt and a modified Papal cross. I’ve never played the games, so gamers, if that relic is something specific to the franchise or an Easter egg, let ya girl know. The last pic is a shot of an open copy of Francis Henry Hill Guillemard’s 1890 biography of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, The Life of Ferdinand Magellan, and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe. The official Uncharted Twitter account also shared that last pic with a quote from the explorer: “Meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.” It’s fair to guess that whatever sets Nathan Drake off on his adventure, it will have to do with Magellan.
These first pictures are fantastic, but it begs the question: Where’s our first look of Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Nathan’s mentor and father figure? Or Antonio Banderas in his thus-far unnamed role? With any luck, those won’t be far behind.
Thus far, we don’t know much about the story – which makes sense, considering the fact that the script has been rewritten half a dozen times. Holland has said before the film will take inspiration from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which had players controlling a younger Nathan Drake. That game also saw flashback cut scenes of Nathan and his brother, Sam, breaking out of their orphanage and then sneaking into their late mother’s mansion to get some of her belongings. It’s also worth noting that in some territories, the Uncharted movie is also going by the name Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, which is also the name of the first video game in the series. That video game finds Nathan teaming up with Sully and journalist Elena Fisher to find the lost treasure of El Dorado.
Whatever story they go with, Holland is one of our most charismatic young actors and it should be a great deal of fun to see him on screen again.