Holland, 20, will play a young version of Nathan Drake, the series’ protagonist. Deadline is also reporting that the film will be a prequel focusing entirely on Drake’s youth, including how he met the rogue treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan. The idea is based on a sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but the decision to focus on a younger version of the character came from Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, according to Deadline.
After seeing a final cut of Holland’s performance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Rothman decided to change the direction of the Uncharted movie and cast the actor in it, Deadline reports. Uncharted is now being promoted as a “prequel to the treasure hunting action story line.”
Sony has also decided to replace Joe Carnahan, the writer who was most recently attached to the project, according to Deadline. A new, unannounced writer will take Carnahan’s place and pen the script, focusing on the direction Rothman wants to see the movie head in.
Although Carnahan is out, Levy will remain on board as director. He’s the last in a line of many who have been tapped for the position over the past few years. Sony first announced it was working on an Uncharted adaptation in 2009, with pre-production work on that film having started in 2008. Names attached to the project in various positions include Mark Wahlberg, Seth Rogen, Nathan Fillion, David O. Russell and Neil Burger.
Uncharted does not have a release date at this time.