Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
If there ever was a pitch perfect piece of has-to-happen casting, it would be Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. Fillion is the dashing, charismatic star of the current television show Castle who is best known for his role as the cocky, confident Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe. Drake is the star of the Uncharted video game series (seen above), which is about a cocky, confident relic hunter in the mold of Indiana Jones, armed with a quicker tongue and a bigger penchant for violence. Well, last week, after Three Kings director David O. Russell officially signed to rewrite and direct a big screen adaptation of the first Uncharted video game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, for Sony, Fillion sent out the bat signal to his 650,000 or so Twitter followers to campaign that he get the role. Hit the jump for more.
After news broke that David O. Russell would be working on the film, Fillion posted the following on Twitter:
If ever there was a Twitter campaign, let this be it. Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE!
He then linked to this Deadline story about the film, urging his fans to post on the message board on his behalf. And they did.
“Nathan Fillion for Nathan Drake! Nathan Fillion for Nathan Drake! Nathan Fillion for Nathan Drake! Nathan Fillion for Nathan Drake”
Two words: Nathan Goddamn Fillion
And on and on and on. There are well over 300 comments.
While Fillion is physically perfect for the role and has demonstrated his ability to play a character like Drake over and over, the biggest question will be that of marketing. Assuming the film has a big budget, they might want a more recognizable star to sell the film. It’s not like Uncharted is a well known franchise. On the flip side, hiring Fillion can cut costs and maybe the high octane action and exotic settings will be what sells the film, not the star.
Here’s an awesome look at the first 10 minutes of game play of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to give an idea of the cinematic possibilities of an Uncharted movie.
Doesn’t Drake look JUST like Fillion? I can officially say Fillion is my choice to play Nathan Drake in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.