Starring Tom Holland as an incongruously young version of fortune hunter / adventurer / general human punching bag Nathan Drake, Uncharted is set long before the popular video game series, winding the clock back before Drake was a seasoned Indiana Jones knockoff to the start of his career.
It is kind of hard to shake how young Holland looks here compared to his more grizzled video game counterpart, along with what appears to be an identical American accent to his Spider-Man voice in the Marvel films. But Sony will have plenty of time to convince fans to get on board in the coming months.
Despite ostensibly being a prequel, fans of the games will note that a lot of the action in the film looks very familiar: the big plane set piece looks ripped right out of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, for example.
The film also features other notable Uncharted characters, even if they’ve been rendered virtually unidentifiable here: Mark Wahlberg is playing a mustache-less Sully (Nathan’s father figure / partner), while Sophia Taylor Ali is a young Chloe Frazer, who apparently knows Sully in this version of the franchise.
To put some perspective on how long the film has been in development, Wahlberg was originally set to play Drake himself in 2010, over a decade ago, when work started on the adaptation.
Uncharted isn’t the only major Naughty Dog video game adaptation in the works; the studio is also working with HBO on a TV show version of The Last of Us, set to star Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie.
Uncharted is set to finally hit theaters on February 18th, 2022.