After a long and arduous process of producing Uncharted, the film is finally here for the fans to enjoy. The prequel to the PlayStation video games stars Tom Holland as the protagonist Nathan Drake, and will go into depth about the character’s origins.
Additionally, staring alongside Holland is Mark Wahlberg in the role of Victor “Sully” Sullivan. For the film Wahlberg is assuming a different role from his casting in the attempted 2010 adaptation of the series, rather than playing the role of Nathan Drake himself as originally cast. The rest of the cast includes Antonio Banderas as Moncada, the film’s antagonist; Sophia Ali as Chloe Frazer, Nathan Drake’s love interest and fellow treasure hunter; and Tati Gabrielle as Braddock, a mercenary for Moncada.
What is Uncharted About?
As mentioned above, the film is a prequel that reveals the origins of Nathan Drake. The official synopsis goes on to say:
“Street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.”
Uncharted’s Long Haul to Completion
With the exclusion of the 2018 short film made by and staring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, the journey from the films conception goes back much farther than this short film. For those who have been waiting for a full length adaption of the Uncharted franchise, the long trek to creation began in 2009. Shortly after the creation of the first game in the series, production of the film began; but an endless stream of creative differences with film writers, nearly ten different writers and directors changing over the course of development, and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the making of the film over the course of over a decade of production.
With the film now finished with production, fans can rejoice in the fact that the long wait for the adaptation is finally over.
Which Uncharted game is it Based on?
With the synopsis stating the film is a prequel to the games and an origin story for Nathan Drake, it leaves the question open of how much inspiration was taken from the games in the making of the film; the answer to which is quite a surprising amount. Rather than being based on just a single game, the Uncharted movie seems to pull from several games in the series.
According to Tom Holland during an interview with IGN, the majority of the film will be based on the fourth game in the series, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which seems quite surprising that a prequel would be mostly based on the fourth game. Based on the trailer as well, the film seems to draw on an iconic scene from Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, in which Nathan Drake falls from the back of a crashing plane. Given this wide variety of inspiration from the game it gives the impression that the film will be veering drastically from the plot of any one game, and instead it shall be carving a new path into the Uncharted timeline.