The project has gone through a number of potential directors, David O. Russell and Neil Burger to name a few, and even a couple of actors to play the treasure hunter Nathan Drake; most notably Mark Wahlberg and Nathan Fillion. At this point it would be a surprise for the studio to go back to either of those options.
We know that “Uncharted” will be an adaption of the first game in the series, “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.” That story line saw Drake attempt to find El Dorado with his longtime partner Sully and journalist Elena Fisher.
I am a big fan of the “Uncharted” games, and a have a few tips if Sony execs are listening as far as casting. Check out the list to see who makes up my dream cast, based off of the major roles from “Drake’s Fortune.” WARNING, some spoilers ahead.
Eddy Raja - Rami Malek
Challenging Drake and his cohorts to El Dorado is a group of pirates and mercenaries, one of which is Eddy Raja. Raja is an Indonesian pirate with a history with Nate. He is a bit of a live wire, which makes Rami Malek a perfect choice for him. Malek is best known for his role on HBO’s “The Pacific” were he plays a soldier with some peculiar qualities. He can do the physical, and this is something that he could have fun with.
Gabriel Roman - David Morse
Gabriel Roman is a British crime boss and treasure hunter. David Morse may not be British, but he brings the intimidation factor needed for the character and in this situation that is more important. Roman is the one that heads up most of the operation. Morse is probably better known for playing gentle giants, but he’s been the bad guy on occasion, so there’s no doubt he could do it again here.
Atoq Navarro - Gael Garcia Bernal
Atoq Navarro is a South American archaeologist that Roman brings on to help lead his expedition. Navarro is incredibly smart, too smart for Roman as by the end of the story Navarro turns on Roman and attempts to take El Dorado for himself. No one would have any problem believing Gael Garcia Bernal as a brilliant and ruthless archaeologist. His casting next to Morse is excellent for another reason, as Morse would seem like the powerful man in charge, but it’s no stretch see Bernal turn the tables on him in the end.
Victor "Sully" Sullivan - Kevin Kline
Purists of the game may find this casting a bit odd considering Kevin Kline doesn’t have the same gravelly voice that actor Richard McGonagle has given Sully in the games. But push that tiny detail aside, and Kline is an inspired choice for Nate’s mentor and rowdy friend. Kline has excellent comedic chops to deliver Sully’s fantastic barbs, he’s got the depth to maneuver all of Sully’s tricks, and the emotional resonance to be the surrogate father to Nate.
Elena Fisher - Brie Larson
Elena Fisher is a globe-trotting journalist who is not afraid to go where the bullets fly, so for her you need someone who can be tough, spunky, and an equal to Nate. Enter Brie Larson. The young actress has proven that she can play tough and spunky with her roles in “Short Term 12” and “21 Jump Street.” It won’t be too much of a stretch for her to make the jump to action either; she was in the final consideration to play Sarah Connor in the “Terminator” reboot but just lost out to Emilia Clarke. Larson is a star who is in need of a franchise, “Uncharted” would be the perfect vehicle for her.
Nathan Drake - Oscar Isaac
Much like Larson, Oscar Isaac is a star who is just looking for his chance at a major studio franchise. The “Inside Llewyn Davis” star would be fantastic as Nathan Drake. He’s not a stranger to action with roles in “Drive” and “The Bourne Legacy,” and he proved he can turn a witty phrase with his role as the Coen’s neer-do-well folk singer. For my money, Isaac is the best man for the job.