Why Nathan Fillion Shouldn’t Play Nathan Drake in the “Uncharted” Movie

Matthew Loffhagen
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Nathan Fillion has something important to say about a “Drake”.

That’s what seems to be apparent from a recent Instagram post.

The star of “Firefly” and “Castle” posted a picture of rapper Drake, alongside the date “7/16/18”, making it seem like this announcement is coming on Monday.

The post also features the phrase “Sic Parvis Magna”, which means “so great and small”, and is also the motto of the fictional character Nathan Drake in the video game series “Uncharted”.

(“Sic Parvis Magna” was also the motto of the very real explorer Sir Francis Drake, but that’s not really relevant here.)


Sic Parvis Magna. 7/16/18

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Fans have speculated that Fillion must have a key role in the “Uncharted” movie. This is particularly fitting, as Fillion has been the dream casting choice for Nathan Drake since the gaming franchise was first born.

Fillion looks uncannily like Nathan Drake. There’s always been speculation among fans that Drake was originally based on Fillion’s likeness, which certainly would explain the fact that they share a forename.

As perfect as this casting might once have been, I have my doubts. I don’t think that Fillion should play Nathan Drake. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think there’s a role for him in the movie.

Too Old to Begin the Training

There’s one big problem with Nathan Fillion playing Nathan Drake: he’s too old.

Sure, back when the “Uncharted” games were new, Fillion would have been a perfect catch. Now, though, over a decade has passed, and he’s not in quite as good shape as he used to be.

Nathan Drake needs to be able to hang from cliff faces, grapple across ravines, and parkour over rooftops. I don’t believe that Fillion can do any of these things.

Nathan Fillion
Source: 20th Century Fox

This is made worse by the fact that the “Uncharted” movie is intended as a prequel of sorts to the games, so Drake will need to be even younger.

Besides (and this is the crucial bit), Nathan Drake has already been cast. He’s going to be played by Tom Holland. A guy who can hang from cliff faces and do all that other stuff.

It’s possible that the movie will take place over two time periods, with Fillion playing an older Nathan Drake while Holland plays his younger self.

I have a better idea, though. Perhaps Fillion shouldn’t play Nathan Drake at all. He should play his father.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Nathan Drake’s father is not exactly a big player in the “Uncharted” video game lore. The unknown man who raised Drake until he was five eventually abandoned him at an orphanage.

Considering how little is known of Nathan Drake’s father, this is one character that could be explored in depth in the movie without stepping on the toes of the existing video games.

We could finally see what kind of man Drake’s father is, and why he’s so incapable as a parent.

This would be perfect for Fillion, as if he excels at anything in these, his pudgier days, it’s playing characters who are somehow incompetent.

I can see Fillion playing off against Tom Holland, as a pair of father-son adventurers of, shall we say, varying levels of skill?

Thus, Fillion could play a member of the Drake family (okay, that’s not actually the family name, but that’s not important), without having to play Nathan himself.

If the “Uncharted” movie is going to stand on its own as a piece of fiction, it’s going to need to tell its own story that’s built from the ground up for film.

The father-son action adventure treasure hunt movie is a perfect direction to take this in.

If you doubt me, I have just three words that will change your mind.

“The Last Crusade”.

The Last Crusade
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