Oh dear. In an interview with MTV, Mark Wahlberg has revealed that he’ll be playing lead character Nathan Drake in David O. Russell’s film adaption of PS3 game Uncharted. Fortunately though, he also confirmed earlier rumors that Russell is writing roles in the film for Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro.
Speaking of Russell (who has previously directed Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter, among others) and his work on the film, Wahlberg said that:
“The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”
And with regards to his potential co-stars:
“That’s who [Russell] wants to write the parts for. I talked to Pesci about it and I know David’s people have talked to [Robert De Niro].”
While Wahlberg’s character is known to be the lead role, it wasn’t previously guessed as to who exactly Pesci and de Niro would be playing, but Mark spilled the beans on this too:
“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.”
He means the characters, of course. Seeing as Nathan Drake’s family weren’t featured in either Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, it seems safe to assume that the movie will feature a brand new story, which is not directly adapted from either of the current games. That’s not to say that Nathan’s uncle and father won’t appear in the third game, mind…
I don’t have anything against Mark Wahlberg. In fact, I really enjoyed his angry, straight man role in The Other Guys this summer. It was a great counter to Will Ferrell’s usual zaniness. But Nathan Drake is a jokey, charismatic character, and I think Wahlberg is completely wrong for the role. I just don’t think he’s got the right type of animated humor about him.
Of course I’ll give Wahlberg a chance, but this is especially annoying considering Nathan Fillion actively campaigned to play Nathan Drake. That would’ve been perfect.
I hope if Elena Fisher features in the film, the casting is better.
Here’s Marky Mark in his best role yet: