Fans of Nathan Fillion are sure to be crushed when they hear that Mark Wahlberg has told MTV's Multiplayer that he has been chosen to portray Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie. Not only that, but apparently actors Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro are set to play members of Drake's family. Say what?
Recently there have been rumors that O. Russell was interested in casting Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the film, and Wahlberg confirmed those, as well. "That's who he wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David's people have talked to [Robert De Niro]."
And now for the juicy bit: How would Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro fit into the storyline?
"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."
At this point, it's clear that O. Russell will be exploring "Uncharted" mythos beyond what we've seen on the PS3, given that none of Nathan Drake's family members have appeared in the games before. Even if they don't manage to secure Pesci and De Niro, Wahlberg basically confirmed that he'll be the central character of the film, which is big news.
Personally, I'd have gone with Fillion if I were had final say on casting for this project. As talented and entertaining as Wahlberg, Pesci, and De Niro can be, none of them are actors that come to mind when I think of an Uncharted movie. And turning Uncharted into a family affair? No, this isn't really working for me at all at the moment.