An Uncharted fan has uploaded a video to YouTube in which they ask director David O. Russell (who is helming the upcoming film based on the videogame series) to cast Nathan Fillion as main character Nathan Drake. The results are below, and are reasonably depressing.
The video was filmed after a screening of Russell’s latest film The Fighter at the Arclight in LA.
As you can see, David O. Russell, even after being informed by his agent that he was sent an audition tape by Nathan Fillion, has no idea who the Firefly / Serenity star is. This is quite disheartening, especially considering that Fillion himself actually started a campaign to play Nathan Drake, and…oh yeah, he’s the perfect guy for the role. You could ask almost anyone who’s played the games, and they’d probably agree (myself included).
I think Mark Wahlberg, who has been cast as Nathan Drake (and notably, has already starred in three of Russell’s films, including The Fighter) is absolutely the wrong man for the role. It’s incredibly disappointing that Russell has absolute zero awareness of the fact that a huge amount of actual fans of the game want Fillion as Nathan Drake. And that he doesn’t even know who Fillion is. His dismissive “you stood up for your guy” is particularly grating. Oh well.
Thanks to JoBlo for the story.