Mark Wahlberg in final talks to play Sully in Uncharted film
Variety is reporting that Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, The Departed, Transformers: The Last Knight) is in final negotiations to play Sully in Uncharted, the video game feature adaptation from Sony starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake.
Victor “Sully” Sullivan is an American treasure hunter, fortune seeker, and a businessman, as well as a friend, mentor, and father figure to Drake. Wahlberg was previously attached to play Drake a few years ago before the studio decided to make the movie an origin story. The outlet notes that Wahlberg was eager to join the project in some capacity.
Uncharted will be a prequel to the game series, taking its basis from the sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception wherein the young thief first encounters his partner Victor Sullivan and in essence, sets up the events of the entire game franchise.
Travis Knight (Bumblebee) will direct the film. Despite previous drafts by the likes of Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Oscar nominee David O. Russell, Doctor Strange‘s Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, Safe House‘s David Guggenheim, and Joe Carnahan, this new version of the film will bring on a new writer to rework the new-found premise.
Based on the action-adventure video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive, the story follows a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is escalated when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.
Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad producing. The film will serve as the first feature produced by PlayStation Productions. The film is expected to begin production early next year will a release date set for December 18, 2020.