It seems as though the upcoming Uncharted film has had to face every obstacle imaginable for over a decade to come to fruition. Though it may seem hard to believe at this point, Spider-Man star Tom Holland has recently announced on social media that “day one” of filming has finally begun on the highly-anticipated adaptation of Naughty Dog’s beloved action-adventure video game franchise.
Holland shared an image of his set seat on Instagram, emblazoned with the word “Nate” (about his character and the leading role, Nathan Drake).
The 24-year-old actor will play a younger version of Drake in a prequel to the first Uncharted video game, exploring the adventurer’s formative years of being mentored by fellow treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (played by Mark Wahlberg). Other cast members include Tati Gabrielle as Elena Fisher, Sophia Ali as Chloe Fazer, and Antonio Banderas in a currently unknown role. This week, Holland also revealed the results of his training for the role of Drake, revealing that his motivation getting ripped was trying to keep pace with co-star Mark Wahlberg.
The release of the upcoming Uncharted film was originally planned to launch on March 5th, 2021, but due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was then pushed forward to October 2021. Most recently, Sony has confirmed that the movie is set for July 16, 2021.
This, of course, is only the most recent of many issues that the project has had to overcome to finally reach the filming process. Originally conceived way back in 2009, the Uncharted movie has cycled through several different directors in the last 12 years (including David O. Russell, Seth Gordon, Shawn Levy, and Dan Trachtenberg) before Zombieland and Venom director Ruben Fleischer took the reins. The project has also been met with delays due to clashing schedules throughout that time.
With the film’s newfound momentum looking promising, let’s hope all that waiting and uncertainty pays off when the movie (hopefully) hits theaters next year.