Back at the start of the year, we got word that writer Joe Carnahan had finished writing the script for the upcoming film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s hit video game Uncharted. Today, our lead has been cast. And playing the role of Nathan Drake in the forthcoming adaptation: Tom Holland.

The biggest takeaway from this casting, though, isn't that an up and coming A-list actor has been cast in the role; it's perhaps that, given Holland’s age and look, we can expect the Uncharted film to be a prequel, recounting the tales of a young Drake. Given the character's lauded backstory, it could definitely be an interesting direction for the story to take. However, for those that were excited to see The Grey and The A-Team writer Joe Carnahan’s, R-rated, "anti-Indiana Jones" version, well you may be a little disappointed in finding out that his script has been scrapped and will never see the light of day; instead, the Uncharted film is being completely re-written. Although, no writer is currently attached but, with Sony hoping to fast-track the film, we can most likely expect someone to step up to the mantle sooner rather than later. The good news, though, is that Real Steel's Shawn Levy is still firmly attached to direct.
This is a project that has been stuck in development hell for quite some time, with many writers, directors, actors having popped into the conversation over the years. It was when a script came to be, back in January, that things started to look up for the adaptation but, after Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman saw Spider-Man: Homecoming - the second of this year’s three MCU which stars Holland as our titular web-slinger - he decided to double down on the star and build a prequel film around him - and perhaps a second major franchise, seeing as a Spidey sequel has already been greenlit, and it's not secret that there are hopes for a few more Uncharted films should the first do good business.

Fans of the Naughty Dog video games will be aware that young Nathan Drake is nothing new - we've seen both Uncharted 3 and last year's Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End delve briefly into our protagonist's past. It’s rumoured that the prequel story for the film will be inspired by events in the aforementioned third instalment, where a young Drake first meets the character of Victor Sullivan - who later goes on to become his partner-in-crime. Holland is certainly a very good actor and, with Homecoming set to be huge, he will soon most likely become a fairly household name and the go-to young guy for these sort of projects. The video-game movie genre has been pretty cursed but this casting is definitely a promising sign for the Uncharted film, and it’s good to see that it will separate itself from its video-game counterparts by telling a new story.

We can only hope that this video-game adaptation stands out from the crowd. Hopefully, a writer will be announced in the coming weeks and the film can work on building itself from the ground up (again) and that it will arrive sooner rather than later. If it ever even arrives at all.

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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