For many fans of the Uncharted game series, Nathan Fillion is synonymous with fan-favorite adventurer, Nathan Drake – resulting in a horde of dedicated followers pushing for Fillion to step into the character’s shoes in Neil Burger’s movie adaptation.
Following the departure of David O. Russell (and subsequently actor Mark Wahlberg), impassioned fans once again hit their favorite video game and movie forums to reiterate their interest in seeing Fillion in the Uncharted role. We got a chance to talk to Fillion at Comic Con 2011, during a Castle season four interview, and checked to see if the actor was still interested in the part.
Fillion’s dedicated followers will be pleased to know that the actor is definitely still interested in tackling the role of action hero (and, considering the amount of people killed in an Uncharted game, mass murderer), Nathan Drake.
However, Fillion was especially humble about how he’d like to land the part – petitioning fans to be a little less vocal and, instead, use the power of Inception:
“I am certainly still interested in playing Nathan Drake. I think every actor I know wants their action-adventure hero, their Indiana Jones. That would be a good one for me, I think. What I don’t want is people pressuring that poor man [director Neil Burger] and souring him on the actual idea. If we could somehow just… do you remember the movie Inception? I think that’s what we need to do. We need to let him land on the idea on his own.”
The appeal is a far cry from his Twitter petition back in October 2010, where the actor rallied followers to create buzz around the idea of a Nathan Fillion Uncharted film – following Sony’s announcement of Academy Award-nominee David O. Russell as the project’s director:
“If ever there was a Twitter campaign, let this be it. Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE!”
Of course, a lot has happened since that time – most notably the exit of Russell (and his own Nathan Drake, Mark Wahlberg) over creative differences with Sony. Russell’s take on the property was poorly received from early-on – especially after the casting of Wahlberg and talk of an Uncharted story that revolved around a “family dynamic.” However, despite how you might feel about Russell, there’s no doubt that he endured a lot of heat from die-hard fans of the game series – with some especially assertive Fillion supporters even confronting the director at public appearances.
No doubt the escalating drama has caused the actor to pull-back on the reins a bit – so that Russell’s replacement, Neil Burger, isn’t soured on the idea by over-enthusiastic fans.
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Source: Screen Rant