With Sony announcing that it’s Uncharted film had finally found a lead in Tom Holland, it seems at last that a big-screen adaptation is finally coming together. However, the announcement that Tom Holland was met with great criticism. Tom Holland is a wonderful actor certainly, but Nathan Drake he is not.
Although the Uncharted film with Holland appears to be set around the third game in the wildly successful video game franchise, this particular fancast centers itself around Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The fourth installment in the franchise is set three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and finds lead character Nathan Drake reuniting with estranged brother Samuel Drake and steadfast partner Sully to find Captain Henry Avery’s treasure.
The following fancast is made on the assumption that most of the voice actors would not transfer over to the film.
Nathan Drake is the main character of the Uncharted games and a treasure hunting aficionado. He protects what he loves and holds close to him, evidenced by his troubled upbringing at the St. Frances Boys’ Home. He is confident and ambitious, something Oscar Isaac would have no problems portraying. Isaac’s portrayal of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens also points to Isaac’s capability of being successful in an action-oriented film.
If this dream Uncharted film required flashbacks of any sort, David Mazouz would be perfect as a younger Nathan Drake. From his work on FOX’s Gotham, he certainly has experience playing an orphaned boy with questionable extracurricular activities.
Samuel Drake is Nathan’s older brother and is also a treasure hunting thief. In the series, Sam proves incredibly protective of Nathan, finding a job to support himself even after having to leave the orphanage they were in due to his criminal activities. Pedro Pascal would be perfect in this role, and his real-life friendship with Oscar Isaac certainly could not hurt the two of them playing brothers in a film like this.
Apa’s work on the widely popular CW show Riverdale, as well as his uncanny resemblance to the younger version of Samuel Drake make him the perfect candidate to play him in a flashback to the Drake brothers’ childhood in an Uncharted film.
Victor Sullivan serves as both a mentor and father figure of sorts to Nathan Drake along with also being a treasure hunter himself. Even though Sullivan himself never wanted kids, he found Nathan in Colombia when he was 15 and taught him all he knew about their line of work, which would go on to breed a long lasting friendship between the two of them. Aside from the fact that Tom Selleck looks creepily like Sullivan, his work on CBS’ Blue Bloods shows that he is more than able to play a father figure as well as a seasoned treasure hunter and thief.
Elena Fisher is a self-sufficient and highly capable former journalist turned host of an archaeology show. She investigates historical mysteries, so it is no wonder that she met and married Nathan Drake. The two have a child together. Interestingly, Elena and Nathan seem to be two sides of the same exploring coin. Emily Rose, who already voices Elena and serves as her motion capture, would be the perfect choice to play Elena Fisher in an Uncharted film.
Rafe Adler serves as the antagonist of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Adler had previously been associated with the Drake brothers, though later competed against them in an effort to find Captain Henry Avery’s treasure in the mythical pirate colony known as Libertalia. Adler was born into an incredibly wealthy family, but is known for being supremely selfish in his nearly obsessive pursuit to find Captain Avery’s treasure. Tom Hiddleston would play Rafe Adler perfectly and without issues. Many are familiar with his work as notorious Marvel villain Loki in the Thor movies as well as The Avengers. Hiddleston also bares a considerable resemblance to Rafe Adler which certainly doesn’t hurt.
Nadine Ross serves as the secondary antagonist of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Ross is a South African mercenary who leads a paramilitary organization known as Shoreline. She aids Rafe Adler throughout Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End until he turns on her toward the end of the game. Trained in various forms of martial arts, Nadine Ross is no joke. This makes casting Nicole Beharie to play her a no-brainer. Most are familiar with Beharie from her work on FOX’s supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow, where she played Lieutenant Abbie Mills. Having prior experience in an action oriented television show means she would be perfect in this role.
Hector Alcazar has an interesting role in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. He is a Panamanian drug lord sometimes referred to as the Butcher of Panama. For most of the game, he is believed to be the primary antagonist that coerces Samuel Drake into finding Captain Henry Avery’s lost treasure though he is later discovered to be a false antagonist. Javier Bardem is an actor with an incredibly diverse portfolio of roles under his belt. It would be interesting to see him as a semi-villain in an Uncharted film.
In conclusion, I believe that making a film based around Uncharted 4 would be much more interesting and certainly provides the room to create an incredibly diverse cast. As this is the most recent game in the series (and the most popular), a film adaptation of this particular game would bring with it the interest of many fans of the franchise. The casting choices for this fancast were based partially on visible similarity to the characters as well as prior acting experience.
So what do you guys think? Who would you like to see in an Uncharted film?