Yes, the Uncharted movie is indeed still on the way – and it’s added a big name to the cast.
The long-gestating project cast Tom Holland in the lead role back in 2017, years after the wheels first started rolling on the video game adaptation. In an interesting development, Mark Wahlberg, who was once circling the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake when David O. Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) was circling the director’s chair, is now on board as a key character.
Wahlberg has entered final talks to co-star in Uncharted as Victor “Sully” Sullivan, a treasure hunter and businessman, and the mentor and father figure to our hero. Sully holds a pivotal role in the games, where he’s generally depicted as an older man.
Wahlberg may be a bit younger than how we’re used to seeing Sully depicted in the games (not counting Uncharted 4‘s flashbacks), but this casting goes in line with Sony’s long gameplan. As Holland’s casting as Drake signifies, Sony is aiming for an origin story here. Assuming Uncharted does well, the plan is to have Holland age as Drake over a number of films (something like how Daniel Radcliffe transformed with Harry Potter), and now we can imagine Wahlberg aging with Holland as Sully.
The Uncharted movie finally got going in September, when Travis Knight was chosen as the new director (10 Cloverfield Lane helmer Dan Trachtenberg had been on board before him). Knight is known for having director Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and stop-motion animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.
As of now, Sony has the film scheduled for a US release on December 18, 2020.