It was inevitable wasn’t it? Despite strong support for Nathan Fillion and Stargate‘s Joe Flanigan to take the role of adventurer Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie adaptation, it looks as though director David O Russell has given the role to his old pal Mark Wahlberg.
The pair have previously worked together on Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees, and as soon as Russell was named as director, Wahlberg was rumoured to be lined up for the role.
The story was broken by MTV, to whom Wahlberg said, “The idea that he has is just insane, so hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”
Wahlberg also made reference to his co-stars in the movie, none other than Goodfellas and Casino legends Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, who could be set to play partner-in-crime Sully, and villain Gabriel Roman, respectively.
“That’s who he wants to write the parts for,” Wahlberg said. “I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro]… I’m obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It’s not going to be the watered-down version, that’s for sure.”
Oh… so not Sully and Roman. Father and uncle? I don’t remember Uncharted being a family affair, so heaven knows what Russell has in mind.
Anyway, back to the main story – Wahlberg as Drake. What do we think of that? Now, I have nothing against Wahlberg, he is a fine actor and I love his work in The Departed, Three Kings and Boogie Nights, and the upcoming The Fighter looks amazing. However, for every Departed, we seem to get a Planet Of The Apes, and for every The Lovely Bones, we get something as undescribably bad as The Happening.
To say his roles have been inconsistent is an understatement. So while I can see Wahlberg in the role physically, I’m not 100 per cent sure he has the charm and wit to play Nathan Drake.
On top of that, I still haven’t forgiven him for the dreadful Max Payne…
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