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Cast This: Uncharted's Nathan Drake

04.22.2016

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If you have had any interest in videogames over the last decade you should have come across or at least heard of the Uncharted series from Naughty Dog. The action/adventure series exclusive for PlayStation is one of the most popular titles today and so it’s no surprise that a movie adaption has been talked about for years. With the next installment in the game series just around the corner (May 10th), there is no better time than to go back to the drawing board and talk about who should play the lead, Nathan Drake. Judging by the latest news on the project, we’re going to have a lot of time to chew on this one.

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In what is sure to be a big-budgeted blockbuster action adventure film, the real success of the movie ultimately lies in its casting of everyone's favourite wisecracking treasure hunter, Nathan Drake. And no, it isn't Mark Wahlberg anymore. And yes, people still really want Nathan Fillion for the role. Casting Drake requires an actor with charm, wit, and it wouldn’t hurt if they looked like they had been thrown from a train or two in their lives. Drake is sarcastic, heroic and cocky. Needless to say, we shouldn’t have to look too far to come up with some viable Hollywood options.

We should discuss Fillion first I think, considering he's going to be on a lot of people’s lists. The actor has shown interest in the role stating "I think every actor I know desires to have an action hero role, their Indiana Jones. I think this would be a good one for me." The Internet has definitely behind him with a lot of campaigns and fan art making the rounds. There is no denying that Fillion embodies Nathan Drake in a lot of ways; Naughty Dog has even confirmed that they based the character of off Malcolm from Firefly/SERENITY. His look and even his sound is absolutely synonymous with Nathan Drake; he can pull off one-liners and drama with the best of them. With all that being said, he still wouldn't make my list.

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As a die-hard fan of the games, I will even admit that my choices are a little out there for the most part. First up, my top choice for Nathan Drake is Timothy Olyphant. This criminally underrated and underutilized actor has been my favorite since I saw him steal every scene in THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. He’s got charm and drama down as seen on Justified for five years. He’s a delivery machine when it comes to one-liners and quick wit. Basically he’s the best friend we all wished we had so watching him in this role would be something special.

I am also putting up Bradley Cooper for the role. He’s a very bankable star and could give the movie the budget and name it needs to really garner attention. He’s great a comedy, drama, and action. Did you see his performance in AMERICAN HUSTLE? Sold! He would bring in men and women, fans and curious minds, to see what Uncharted is all about. Cooper could use a franchise at this point and I think filling the role of Nathan Drake could be the one for him.

Lastly, Jensen Ackles, the good looking guy from the show I’ve never watched (Supernatural) fits the bill in a number of ways. He’s not a well-known and has the marketable look much like Cooper. He’s got the charm and facial expressions (trust me, I did research) that remind me a lot of Drake. Drake’s smile is a favorite among fans of the series; it’s a slight but all-knowing smile that makes you either want to love him or hate him.

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So what about you guys? Who would you like to see in the role? I’ve heard a few people drop Colin Farrell in the mix from time to time. He’s got the action status and he’s done comedy very well (HORRIBLE BOSSES). Josh Holloway has the hunky smartass thing going for him. Sam Worthington could be another contender (but he might be busy with 53 AVATAR sequels). Joe Flanigan from Stargate: Atlantis, who also has a similar sense of humour and range of expressions, has said "I would love to play Nathan Drake! And I'm damn good at the game too!” 

With so many options, it’s never going to be easy and it’s not going to please everyone. My only advice would be to have fun with your picks and if you haven’t already, pre-order Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the fourth and final installment in the series, will hit shelves on May 10, 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: In early stages of the movie production, Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci were all slated to be in the movie with David O'Russell directing the film.
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5:51AM on 04/30/2016

Next week's column should be "Cast the director of The Flash movie"

The director just backed out, so you guys should jump on this for the column before they announce a new one! Personally, I always think it's a little more fun when it's a casting decision that'll be announced in the (relatively) near future, that way we can compare the real decision against out guesses. Also, it's always nice to mix it up with a director choice every once in a while, instead of just picking out actors every week.
The director just backed out, so you guys should jump on this for the column before they announce a new one! Personally, I always think it's a little more fun when it's a casting decision that'll be announced in the (relatively) near future, that way we can compare the real decision against out guesses. Also, it's always nice to mix it up with a director choice every once in a while, instead of just picking out actors every week.
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3:20AM on 04/25/2016

Meh

None of those obvious choices. Max Greenfield Nathan Drake ftw
None of those obvious choices. Max Greenfield Nathan Drake ftw
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8:40PM on 04/23/2016

Keep an open mind.

1. D.J. Controna
2. Jensen Ackles
2. Aiden Turner
3. Jason Bateman
1. D.J. Controna
2. Jensen Ackles
2. Aiden Turner
3. Jason Bateman
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3:13PM on 04/23/2016
1. Sullivan Stapleton
2. Sam Worthington
1. Sullivan Stapleton
2. Sam Worthington
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8:29PM on 04/23/2016
Worthington would be a good call. Don't know Sullivan Stapleton, and Chris Evans is too deeply attached to CAPTAIN AMERICA at this point. I will offer up the idea of Karl Urban as well....
Worthington would be a good call. Don't know Sullivan Stapleton, and Chris Evans is too deeply attached to CAPTAIN AMERICA at this point. I will offer up the idea of Karl Urban as well....
9:46AM on 04/23/2016
Bradley Cooper is a nice choice, I would also be behind Chris Pine or even Chris Pratt. They all have the sense of humor and Indiana Jones look to them. Actually the more I think about it the more I see Pratt in the role after Jurassic World.
Bradley Cooper is a nice choice, I would also be behind Chris Pine or even Chris Pratt. They all have the sense of humor and Indiana Jones look to them. Actually the more I think about it the more I see Pratt in the role after Jurassic World.
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3:09AM on 04/23/2016
Bradley Cooper would be the smart choice; I've played the games a few times each, and it would be easy to sell the franchise with him headlining. Ackles looks the part, but can he carry a big budget franchise.
Bradley Cooper would be the smart choice; I've played the games a few times each, and it would be easy to sell the franchise with him headlining. Ackles looks the part, but can he carry a big budget franchise.
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1:26AM on 04/23/2016
Nathan Fillion... but he has to do whatever the hell it was that chris pratt did before he went on guardians... and get in shape!
Nathan Fillion... but he has to do whatever the hell it was that chris pratt did before he went on guardians... and get in shape!
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8:29PM on 04/23/2016
Not a bad idea, actually.
Not a bad idea, actually.
11:06PM on 04/22/2016
I like the idea of Jensen Ackles... but someone below also said Scott Eastwood. I haven't seen his chops tested... but he could fit the look and action quite well I think too!
I like the idea of Jensen Ackles... but someone below also said Scott Eastwood. I haven't seen his chops tested... but he could fit the look and action quite well I think too!
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9:51PM on 04/22/2016
Chris Pine would be perfect. Has the chops and looks like him
Chris Pine would be perfect. Has the chops and looks like him
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8:53PM on 04/22/2016
Out of the actors mentioned, I'd go with Jensen Ackles.
Out of the actors mentioned, I'd go with Jensen Ackles.
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8:39PM on 04/22/2016
I woulda loved Fillion maybe 10 years ago. I kinda think Chris Pine could pull it off too. He has Kirk right now but I think he has a relatively similar enough look and potential for the humour for Drake.
I woulda loved Fillion maybe 10 years ago. I kinda think Chris Pine could pull it off too. He has Kirk right now but I think he has a relatively similar enough look and potential for the humour for Drake.
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7:31PM on 04/22/2016
Some good suggestions. I'd say Pratt. What ab Adam Scott?
Some good suggestions. I'd say Pratt. What ab Adam Scott?
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6:40PM on 04/22/2016

I'll go with Scott Eastwood

I was anticipating a lot of Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper (Olyphant is good, but he's getting up in years). Hollywood's proven it's not against [link] actors in different franchises, but Scott Eastwood is going to be a star. Not because he deserves it, but because that's how Hollywood works. So why not this? Unless he doesn't want it, of course.
I was anticipating a lot of Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper (Olyphant is good, but he's getting up in years). Hollywood's proven it's not against [link] actors in different franchises, but Scott Eastwood is going to be a star. Not because he deserves it, but because that's how Hollywood works. So why not this? Unless he doesn't want it, of course.
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3:59PM on 04/22/2016
My favorite video game. I used to like the idea of Fillion but that was 8 years ago. Stephen Ammell would be my top choice now. Eastwood wood be ok. Rhona Mitra would have been a great Chloe. But I'm sure there is others capable actresses out there. I just want the damn movie! Who for Sully?
My favorite video game. I used to like the idea of Fillion but that was 8 years ago. Stephen Ammell would be my top choice now. Eastwood wood be ok. Rhona Mitra would have been a great Chloe. But I'm sure there is others capable actresses out there. I just want the damn movie! Who for Sully?
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3:17PM on 04/22/2016
Nathan Fillion, Josh Holloway,Chris Pratt, Armie Hammer
Nathan Fillion, Josh Holloway,Chris Pratt, Armie Hammer
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3:15PM on 04/22/2016
Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
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2:01PM on 04/22/2016
Paul Rudd!!
Paul Rudd!!
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1:09PM on 04/22/2016

Colin Donnell

With Ted Levine as Sully
With Ted Levine as Sully
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12:40PM on 04/22/2016
I'm still hoping for Filllion.
I'm still hoping for Filllion.
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12:03PM on 04/22/2016

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper would be perfect for this type of film/franchise. He's the right age, has the comedic smart ass persona, and has the right look to pull this off effortlessly. Just watch the A Team as a perfect example of why he would make for a great Nathan Drake.
Bradley Cooper would be perfect for this type of film/franchise. He's the right age, has the comedic smart ass persona, and has the right look to pull this off effortlessly. Just watch the A Team as a perfect example of why he would make for a great Nathan Drake.
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12:39PM on 04/22/2016
Cooper would make a perfect Harry Flynn from the Uncharted series. Not Drake.


P.S. I hate you.
Cooper would make a perfect Harry Flynn from the Uncharted series. Not Drake.


P.S. I hate you.
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11:55AM on 04/22/2016

James Wolk

Seriously, the guy would be a perfect Nathan Drake.
Seriously, the guy would be a perfect Nathan Drake.
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2:59PM on 04/22/2016
NOT GREAT, BOB.
NOT GREAT, BOB.
11:48AM on 04/22/2016
DYLAN MCDERMOTT!!!
DYLAN MCDERMOTT!!!
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11:43AM on 04/22/2016
This might be a little out of nowhere, and he's definitely not an A-Lister, yet. But my choice would be Scott Eastwood. He's been in a ton of action movies, so he's no stranger to navigating action scenes/set pieces. He's definitely got the right look for Nathan Drake. He's young enough that he could stay around a few years if it becomes a viable franchise. And he doesn't bring the baggage of any past movies/roles that could harm the marketing of the movie.
This might be a little out of nowhere, and he's definitely not an A-Lister, yet. But my choice would be Scott Eastwood. He's been in a ton of action movies, so he's no stranger to navigating action scenes/set pieces. He's definitely got the right look for Nathan Drake. He's young enough that he could stay around a few years if it becomes a viable franchise. And he doesn't bring the baggage of any past movies/roles that could harm the marketing of the movie.
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11:57AM on 04/22/2016
Scott Eastwood is actually pretty convincing action hero in Diablo.
Scott Eastwood is actually pretty convincing action hero in Diablo.
12:36PM on 04/22/2016
Would be a perfect Drake. I would be happy with this.
Would be a perfect Drake. I would be happy with this.
1:21PM on 04/22/2016
I think you picked a good one. For a franchise like this, you'd want someone right on the bubble. I'll go Scott Eastwood too!
I think you picked a good one. For a franchise like this, you'd want someone right on the bubble. I'll go Scott Eastwood too!
2:21PM on 04/22/2016
I was going to suggest Scott Eastwood, too. Beat me to it!
I was going to suggest Scott Eastwood, too. Beat me to it!
11:31AM on 04/22/2016
I'd go with Chris Hemsworth.
I'd go with Chris Hemsworth.
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11:19AM on 04/22/2016
I think Josh Duhamel might be pretty good.
I think Josh Duhamel might be pretty good.
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10:45AM on 04/22/2016

Ackles

Dean is pretty much the same type of character. Years ago I would have said Fillion for Drake, Jennifer Aniston for Elena, and Rhona Mitra for Chloe.
Dean is pretty much the same type of character. Years ago I would have said Fillion for Drake, Jennifer Aniston for Elena, and Rhona Mitra for Chloe.
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10:34AM on 04/22/2016

Cast This

Five years from now I'd say no to Fillion, but I think he's still young enough to pull off the part. He has the right swagger for the part, he'd just have to commit to getting himself into really good shape to carry a franchise like Jackman and Pratt did.
Five years from now I'd say no to Fillion, but I think he's still young enough to pull off the part. He has the right swagger for the part, he'd just have to commit to getting himself into really good shape to carry a franchise like Jackman and Pratt did.
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10:28AM on 04/22/2016
gonna stick to the fan favorite. Nathan Fillion but he needs to drop like 30-50 pounds first.
gonna stick to the fan favorite. Nathan Fillion but he needs to drop like 30-50 pounds first.
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