Nathan Fillion is Nathan Drake in this unofficial live-action fan film that he co-produced.
Way back in 2010, actor Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame) began a Twitter campaign to star as Nathan Drake in a Hollywood adaptation of the Uncharted series. The game lends itself perfectly to the style of mindless action film that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves (with the game’s producers even quoting Indiana Jones as inspiration for the series), and Nathan Fillion is quite simply the perfect man to play the game’s wise-cracking protagonist.
Unfortunately, nothing came of it. Whatever behind the scenes talks happening between Sony, developers Naughty Dog, and studio executives fell through and we never got an Uncharted movie, let alone with Fillion as the leading man.
This is something I’ve wanted to do, but more importantly, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. If you’ve ever pinned a towel around your neck for a cape, or donned a fedora and nearly put your eye out with a homemade whip, this is for you. Thank you, @allanungar, for letting us all scratch this itch. Thank you, @naughty_dog_inc, for creating such a wonderful archetype. Thank you fans, for your excellent taste. You know who you are. Enjoy. Link in my bio. #uncharted
Eight years later, and it seems that Fillion is done waiting. Along with some help from some up-and-coming filmmakers, he finally got his wish to be Nathan Drake. Only it’s in a completely unauthorized and unofficial film.
It’s not all no-names. Stephen Lang--y’know, the guy who plays every old-military dude in every movie, ever--is there as Sully, Nathan’s cigar-chugging mentor. Elena, Nathan’s love-interest turned wife later in the series, is played by Mircea Monroe, while the tough-guy thug at the beginning is played by Castle-alumni Geno Segers.
Part of the reason why Nathan never got to play Drake is that he’d been too busy playing Rick Castle on ABC’s hit comedy-drama series.
Anyway, this short film has everything you want in an Uncharted movie: gratuitous violence, witty one-liners, people jumping out of second story windows, and excessive historical references that may or may not be factually correct. We’re too lazy to look them all up on Wikipedia.
As great as it is for Nathan to get his wish, he’s still 47, and while Tom Cruise proves that you can be an action hero at any age, it doesn’t look like Nathan has kept up with his daily gym routine to pull some of those insane stunts as Cruise has. Or maybe being a Scientologist just gives Cruise special powers that the rest of us will never have. Either way, Nathan Drake might be better served with an actor that actually comes close to the thirty-something character.