The Uncharted Movie is Happening, For Real This Time

Nathan Drake is in the building. Finally.

After literal years of preamble, cycling through directors and actors, and becoming a running joke at this point, the Uncharted movie has finally begun shooting according to star Tom Holland.

In an Instagram post, Holland posted a picture from the set, specifically of his designated chair adorned with his character’s name on it in big red, capital letters. The Spider-man actor is portraying a younger version of Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake, as the movie is set sometime before the games and after the flashback sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception where Nate met his father figure and mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan. While little is known about the film beyond that, we do know that Mark Wahlberg (who was originally in talks to play Nate in a previous iteration of the movie) will be playing Sully, and that actors like Antonio Banderas, Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Tati Gabrielle have also signed onto the movie for unknown roles.

While actors have come, gone, and returned to the project across its several iterations, people have been playing musical chairs with the director’s seat for several years as well. Before current (presumably final, barring any unmitigated disaster) director Ruben Fleischer joined up back in March, six other directors had been attached to Nate’s big screen debut over the course of development, including Bumblebee director Travis Knight, who had to step down from the role after production schedules were shifted around to compensate for Holland shooting the next Spider-man movie.

But that’s all in the past now, because Uncharted has finally moved past the planning stages and people are in front of and behind a camera. For real this time. The movie is currently slated to come to theaters on July 21 of next year.

In other news:

While Uncharted may be headed to theaters (if those exist this time next year), Naughty Dog’s other big story-driven franchise The Last of Us will be reverse engineered into an HBO series written by the game’s director Neil Druckmann. The Uncharted movie is existing comfortably between the lines of the games, but from the sound of it, The Last of Us’ show will be a direct adaptation of the 2013 original game. That’s usually not a great plan, but given the cinematic nature of this game and that the original creator’s got his hands on it, it will hopefully at least be a faithful and respectful adaptation.

If you’re a fan of Naughty Dog’s games, we’ve got extensive coverage here at Fanbyte for The Last of Us: Part II. From deep dives into the game’s themes of violence and the way gender plays into our perception of it, to extensive guides to help you crack into any safe you find in Seattle. Or if you want a hefty podcast where we discuss the story at length, we have that too.