Sony’s upcoming video-game adaptation Uncharted has reportedly cast Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sully. The news comes courtesy of Variety, which is reporting that the Academy Award nominee will mentor Tom Holland’s young Nathan Drake in the film. While it certainly seems like a weird casting choice, it actually makes sense once you factor in Wahlberg’s relationship with the property.
For the people who haven’t played the games, the film will act as an origin story of sorts of the adventurer. While the casting choice certainly seems very out of place, it’s not much of a surprise really. Mark Wahlberg was eyeing the role of Nathan Drake years before when the film was being developed by David O. Russel. Now that the film has been repurposed into a prequel to the hit game franchise, it seems like Wahlberg really wanted to join the film in some capacity. It’s a similar situation to Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting in Spider-Man: Far From Home, another Sony franchise that Holland leads.
The untitled Uncharted film is being directed by Travis Knight (Bumblebee), who incidentally has also directed Wahlberg in The Six Billion Dollar Man. The film is in development right now and is currently slated for a December 18, 2020 release date.