More than a decade after rumors of an Uncharted movie started swirling, Nathan Drake is finally making his way to the big screen
Mark Wahlberg as Sully and Tom Holland as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie (Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing)
It’s been over a decade, but the Uncharted movie – based on the PlayStation video game series of the same name developed by Naughty Dog – is finally here.
These critically acclaimed games follow Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels the world to uncover various historical mysteries.
Fans of the games are certainly excited to see the game’s hero on the big screen, but will non-gamers and action-adventure fans enjoy it as much?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Uncharted?
The film adaptation serves as a prequel of sorts – so you won’t need to have played either game to fully enjoy it – and takes place years before the events of 2007’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the first franchise game.
A young Nathan Drake and his partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan face off against a wealthy and ruthless fortune hunter and his mercenaries to claim “the greatest treasure ever found” while tracking down clues that could lead to Drake’s long-lost brother.
Who plays in it?
The film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake, a young fortune hunter – in the games he is portrayed as being in his thirties – who claims to be a descendant of the famous English explorer, Sir Francis Drake.
Mark Wahlberg co-stars as Drake’s mentor and father figure, Sully, a seasoned fortune hunter (Wahlberg was originally set to star as Nathan Drake when there was talk of an Uncharted movie for the first time) .
In response to the film’s trailers, voice actor Nolan North – who voiced Drake in the Uncharted games – gave the trailer his stamp of approval.
“Wow! I looked great in my twenties! he tweeted. “@TomHolland1996 and @markwahlberg nailed the Drake-Sully dynamic in @unchartedmovie. Thanks to director @rubenfleischer and everyone involved!!! See you in February!
Alongside them, Sophia Ali (Grey’s Anatomy) plays Chloe Frazer, another fortune seeker and an associate of Sully who is Drake’s love interest in the film.
The film’s villains are played by Antonio Banderas as the ruthless treasure hunter Moncada, and Tati Gabrielle (You, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Braddock, a mercenary working against Drake and Sully.
Who runs it?
The Uncharted movie is directed by Ruben Fleischer of Venom, with a script by Iron Man Art writers Marcum and Matt Holloway.
When can I watch it?
Uncharted is due out in the UK on Friday 11th February.
Over the past few years, we’ve grown accustomed to blockbuster movies whose release dates get pushed back due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but Uncharted has suffered an incredibly high number of setbacks.
Talk of an Uncharted movie has been circulating for over half a decade, and tentative release dates suggest we could have seen a big-screen adaptation as early as 2016.
This became 2017, and then the production of the film went silent until 2020.
Its original December 18, 2020 release date seemed locked in before the coronavirus swept the world, pushing the date back to March 5.
Further delays saw Uncharted return to October 8, 2021, then miraculously move forward several months to July 16, before settling on its current date of February 11, 2022.
Even then, the film wasn’t fully settled, and it was announced that American audiences wouldn’t be able to see the finished product until a week later on February 18.
Is he good?
As of this writing, critics haven’t had a chance to see the film, so Uncharted reviews aren’t yet available.
How old will he be?
Uncharted was given an official age rating of 12A by the BBFC, with the moderate violence warning.
The games are considered suitable for players 15 and older, although the filmmakers wanted to make the most of its potential audience.
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