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Fan Asks Director David O. Russell To Cast Nathan Fillion In ‘Drake’s Fortune’
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The fan support of actor Nathan Fillion‘s desire to play Nathan Drake in the announced movie adaptation of popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was overwhelming, to say the very least. This support was equally matched by disappointment when it was revealed that director David O. Russell was casting Mark Wahlberg, the star of his latest movie, The Fighter.

Clearly this is something that fans are passionate about, as the first person of what’s sure to become many has approached Russell himself about reconsidering his casting choice. The gentleman got close enough to the director at a screening of The Fighter recently to plead his case, though it would appear that said pleas fell on deaf ears. Russell goes along with it cautiously, but as many of us have feared, it seems as if he has absolutely no idea who Nathan Fillion even is…though it is mentioned that his agent has sent him Fillion’s DVD audition.

You can see the encounter now by clicking on over to the other side.

While Russell isn’t aware of it, every idea and every move that he’s made has been met with harsh criticism, and the outlook on the Drake’s Fortune movie so far is resoundingly poor. Along with wanting to cast Wahlberg — who many seem to generally like but strongly feel is simply the wrong choice for this role — Russell also wants to add Drake’s father and uncle as characters (with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci potentially playing them), despite the fact that they weren’t part of the actual game.

There’s still the hope that game developer Naughty Dog has a say in all of this, realizes the fan outcry, and vetoes the whole thing until someone who knows what they’re doing comes along. Perhaps someone who has at least played the games and knows that little has to be done to transfer it from game to silver screen.

Let the movement continue! The more obvious the disdain for this project as it’s shaping up becomes, the more likely someone will realize that changes are required.


[Source: Kotaku]


  1. People need to wake up this is how the system works. Nathan Fillion would be perfect but you try to convince a Hollywood studio that’s paying for all of this why they should cast someone most people have never heard of as the star in their 150 million dollar summer action movie. Mark Wahlberg has name recognition and when teamed with a good directors like David O. Russell he actually delivers strong performances.

    Also I wouldn’t expect this movie to be anything like the game. David O. Russell is gonna completely reinvent the property for the big screen so the casting news isn’t surprising.

    Comment by sideshowRaheem — December 20, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

  2. @sideshowraheem I don’t understand this whole thing I keep hearing where people say they have no idea who Nathan Fillion is. The dude has a hit show on ABC where he’s the lead. He played a small role in Lost. He was the lead in Firefly. He did voices in Halo: ODST. He did Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog which a ton of people know about. He’s been in numerous other things. People don’t need to wake up, it’s David O. Russel who needs to wake up. There has been a huge cult following to this series of games as well as a huge cult following of Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake since the first game was released, not to mention it seems as if Nathan Drake was literally modeled after Nathan Fillion. (Pssst: They’re both named Nathan! And they look and act like each other!) This isn’t a game with a crappy story that someone feels they can make better as a film. This is a highly praised game, with fantastic characters and a fantastic story that fans love and non fans would absolutely come to love if they got the chance. Now it’s about to be butchered with little knowledge of the games and their fans. Not to mention Mark Wahlberg’s history with video game films, lest we forget, he recently starred in the horribly reviewed Max Payne, which was another game with a great story and great characters and hardcore fans.

    Comment by Adam — December 20, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

  3. Everything @Adam said.

    Comment by The Movie God — December 21, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

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