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Nathan Drake meets Young Nathan Drake in first Uncharted movie set photos

Nolan North and Tom Holland pal around on set

a cross bathed in blue light from the set of the Uncharted movie Photo: Sony Pictures via Uncharted/Twitter
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The Uncharted movie is actually happening. The Uncharted movie is actually happening? The Uncharted movie is actually happening.

After nearly 12 years of false starts, director swaps, and recastings, Sony Pictures’ live-action Uncharted movie is actually happening. To celebrate the occasion of filming, which is taking place under strict COVID-19 safety protocols, the original Nathan Drake stopped by the set to pass the torch to the new Nathan Drake, played by Spider-Man: Far From Home actor Tom Holland.

“Like looking into a mirror!” actor Nolan North, who voiced Drake in Naughty Dog’s original Uncharted games, tweeted on Thursday. “Proud to have @TomHolland1996 continuing the Drake legacy! Absolutely smashing it! Thanks for the set visit!!”

Here’s the full photo of North and Holland, as they likely discuss how hard North should wink at the camera when he inevitably makes a cameo in the film:

a photo of Nolan North looking at Tom Holland on the beach, on the set of the Uncharted movie Photo: Sony Pictures via Naughty Dog/Twitter

Two additional photos show props from the film, including a jeweled relic hanging out in the middle of a crypt, and a close-up shot of an open copy of The Life of Ferdinand Magellan, and the First Circumnavigation of the Globe, Francis Henry Hill Guillemard’s 1890 biography of the explorer. The book may hint at the movie’s eventual plot, which is not expected to be based on any of the games.

a book about Ferdinand Magellan from the set of the Uncharted movie Photo: Sony Pictures via Uncharted/Twitter

Uncharted, which — based on Holland’s Instagram — appears to be shooting outside of Valencia, Spain, at the small coastal town of Xàbia, was scheduled to begin filming earlier this year, before the pandemic swept in and sent every Hollywood production into lockdown. Photos shared by Holland in July teased that production was gearing up, and now the film is finally underway after losing directors like David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, Dan Trachtenberg, and Travis Knight along the way. This version of the film is helmed (for now) by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer.

Update: Shortly after North’s tweet, Holland followed up on Instagram with his own first look pic of him in the full Drake outfit.

Tom Holland as Nathan Drake costume in Uncharted movie Photo: Sony Pictures via Tom Holland/Instagram

Uncharted, which stars Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, and Tati Gabrielle is currently set to be released July 16, 2021.

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