Mark Wahlberg to Play Nathan Drake in UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE; De Niro and Pesci Under Consideration to Co-Star

     November 24, 2010


Earlier this month, we reported the rumor that Mark Wahlberg was to play the lead in David O. Russell’s adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  We also reported that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were in talks to co-star.  Speaking to MTV, Wahlberg has now clarified those rumors.  He confirms that he will play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake (sorry, Nathan Fillion).  It will be his fourth film with O. Russell.  Said Wahlberg,

“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with.  The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”

Hit the jump for how De Niro and Pesci fit into the picture and my thoughts on Wahlberg as Drake.

Neither De Niro nor Pesci are officially on board, but Wahlberg tells MTV that he’s spoken to Pesci and that O. Russell’s people have talked with De Niro.  As to who the two Hollywood icons would play:

“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.”

I’m not sure what the watered-down version is.  I can’t imagine this movie getting an R-rating despite the violence of the video game and that Drake basically murders about 500 people over the course of the story.  As for De Niro and Pesci, Drake’s father and uncle have never appeared in the games, so it will be interesting to see how far O. Russell’s script branches into new territory.  The first game centers on Drake’s quest for El Dorado while the second game has him searching for Shangri-La.

But I’m not a huge fan of casting Wahlberg.  Wahlberg plays a good tough guy, but Drake (at least the endearing Drake from the game) is more scrappy and resourceful.  He’s the guy who goes “Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!” when a grenade lands near him.  It’s a looser character and while Wahlberg may be able to play it, he’s always seemed too uptight and stoic, even in a comedy like The Other Guys.  Hopefully he’ll be able to pull it off, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that Fillion didn’t get the role.


Around The Web

Latest News


'Big Game' is in theaters and on VOD now.

ANT-MAN Clip: Paul Rudd Goes on His First Ant-Sized Adventure … in a Bathtub

'Ant-Man' hits theaters on July 17th.

Over 25 New TRAINWRECK Pictures Featuring LeBron James, Tilda Swinton and More

Judd Apatow's latest hits theaters on July 17th.

GHOSTBUSTERS Uniforms Revealed by Paul Feig in Behind-the-Scenes Image

Proton packs not included.

First STAR TREK 3 Image Revealed by Director Justin Lin; Title Confirmed

"Live long and prosper."

HITMAN: AGENT 47 TV Spot and Poster Hit You Where You Least Expect It

"You won't know what hit you," but it was probably Rupert Friend.

TERMINATOR SALVATION Revisited: “You Cannot Save John Connor”

Matt’s retrospective series concludes with a film that was too bland and muddled to carry on the war.

I AM CHRIS FARLEY Trailer Reveals Two Sides to the Late Comedian

'I Am Chris Farley' opens in limited theatrical release on July 31st, and will be available on VOD and DVD on August 11th.

Kevin Feige Talks THOR: RAGNAROK Director; Comments on Kenneth Branagh Rumor

The Marvel Studios head provides a status update on the next ‘Thor’ movie.

SANDMAN and Other DC-Vertigo Movies Heading to New Line

Additionally, Guillermo del Toro is no longer attached to 'Justice League Dark.'

Page 1 of 4,02012345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>