Mark Wahlberg has frequently been referenced when it comes to rumours about who will play the lead role of Nathan Drake in Sony’s upcoming Uncharted movie. However, in a recent interview with We Got This Covered, the actor claimed that he was in fact ‘not attached’ to the movie, and that if he was, we would ‘know about it’. So, if it’s not going to be Mark Wahlberg playing Nathan Drake, who will be stepping up to claim the role? The mysterious and slow-moving progress of the elusive Uncharted movie continues to taunt us.
Since Shawn Levy was announced as the project’s new director and we were told that a new casting search was taking place, it doesn’t really come as a huge surprise to hear that someone else might now be playing Nathan Drake. There were already some rumours of Wahlberg’s departure from the cast in 2015 and we were never given a definitive answer about his involvement. It is of course possible that Wahlberg could still be in talks with Sony, as he specifically said he was not attached to Uncharted ‘as of now’, but it’s not looking too likely at the moment, judging by his reaction to questions in this recent interview:
For those who were looking forward to the idea of Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, this is a shame. However, other actors such as Chris Hemsworth and Channing Tatum are allegedly now being considered for the part, though nothing concrete has been announced. Also, interestingly, the film is said to be targeted towards more of an adult audience, with aims of being ‘more intense’, and with a stronger romantic relationship between characters Nathan and Elena. According to director Shawn Levy, he hopes for the production of Uncharted to be completed by the end of 2017. However, considering all the ups and downs that the project has encountered already, we probably shouldn’t pin all our hopes on this statement. Fans could still be in for a long wait.
In the meantime, hopefully we will hear some more official news regarding Shawn Levy’s new choice of cast, so we can finally find out who will be replacing Mark Wahlberg and who will be playing Elena and the other characters. Following the insane success of the Uncharted gaming franchise, fans will understandably be eager to see the film meet some high expectations. No pressure or anything, Sony!