Will Nathan Fillion Play Nathan Drake in the UNCHARTED Film?

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Written by Chris Fullman
Published on Oct 11th, 2009

Chris is a contributor and Founder of All Things UNCHARTED

UPDATE 10/17/10: Due to popular demand, we’ve launched our page for the growing Nathan Fillion for Nathan Drake campaign. Check it out now!

That’s the question every UNCHARTED fan seems to be asking. It’s no surprise Sony, Naughty Dog and some clever producers are looking to capitalize on the tremendous success the UNCHARTED games are seeing so far, and UNCHARTED already feels like a movie… something most games can’t find in common. After coyishly declining to comment at this past Summer’s Comic-Con and just about any other opportunity Naughty Dog is asked for their opinion on the matter, fans are insisting that Fillion plays the half-tucked hero.

There’s more ties to the two personas than just their first name. Both Nathan Drake and many of Fillion’s many characters have similar personalities, usually get placed in tough situations that generally require luck to get out of, and there’s one more link… the composer for the Uncharted games, Greg Edmonson, was also the composer for the series that made Nathan Fillion popular: Fox’s short-lived Firefly.

Do you agree with the fans’ top pick of Fillion for the role, or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the comments!

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Kcat10
Kcat10

@stephmarie8519 Hi. It appears there has been an error. The link you post here leads people to a "petition to ban petitions." If you did not intend for this to happen, would you please delete this and repost the link you want us to sign in support of Nathan for Drake? Thanks!

nhcookingdiva
nhcookingdiva

has to be Nathan Fillion!! Won't watch otherwise.

Destinyrko
Destinyrko

Joe Flanigan would be so much better!! And he would also like to play this awesome character!

nhcookingdiva
nhcookingdiva

I will only see the movie if Nathan Fillion is in it.

SusanShambaugh
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Joe Flanigan has also started an online campaign for the role of Nathan Drake and has asked us fans to support him, which we are more than happy to do.
I think he would be a perfect choice for the role. Not only is there the uncanny physical resemblance between Nathan Drake Joe Flanigan, but he is also very charismatic and athletic, just perfect for the “rugged action hero” with a quirky, witty sense of humor a la Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones.

dobbs
dobbs

Nathan Fillion is perfect for the role.

mjliangco
mjliangco

Nathan Fillion all the way. When I picked up Uncharted for the first time, I was shocked to see how Nathan resembled most of his characters especially Castle and Captain Hammer. Quirky with a sense of humor, perfect! Will be looking forward to your campaign!

Twit4Flan
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Joe Flanigan is the perfect choice to play Nathan Drake. He has the look, charisma, charm, machismo and rugged athleticism to bring the character to life.

SaraT0307
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Joe Flanigan is the perfect choice to play Nathan Drake. He's got the right look, is very charismatic, has a strong following and is physically capable of pulling off the action hero role. Hope he's at least given a shot to prove he's the right man for the role ...

carmen
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I'd definitely go for Joe Flanigan for this kind of character, he's physical and better fit for outdoor heavy action (unlike Fillion, in my opinion, who seems more like an indoor type). Joe is capable of understated acting and has a dry humour, perfect for the part.

carmen
carmen

@TonyaJ Oh, but I like Nathan! It's just by comparison: for this part, Joe strikes me as the "outdoor guy" by excellence, while Nathan has "more rounder edges" so to speak (in a good way!)

TonyaJ
TonyaJ

@carmen Indoor type? Have you seen Firefly/Serenity?

DresdenRose
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I wouldn't object to Nathan Fillion, but I can see Joe Flanigan as Drake, beyond a doubt.

GracieValenti
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My vote would be for Joe Flanigan for the role. He has all the qualifications needed, he's a terrific action/adventure actor and he even say's he's "damn good" at the game! Looks a lot like Drake too!

Diefenbacher
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Despite the fact that i love Nathan Fillion as an actor, i also believe that Joe Flanigan should get the part. Joe Flanigan is not only a good actor, he also looks like Nathan Drake. No matter who gets the part, i am sure the movie will be great, but my preference on this movie is Joe Flanigan.

SeixoLady
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So you think Nathan Fillion shoud get this role because he shares a name with Nathan Drake? Because the composer for Firefly is going to be the same? Because he has fans 'insisting'? Oh... Don't think it works like that somehow.

"Many of Fillion’s many characters have similar personalities, usually get placed in tough situations that generally require luck to get out of" Yes, but that's true of all guys who play the hero, isn't it and is simply down to the script? Hey! That's even true of my candidate for this role, Joe Flanigan! In Stargate Atlantis, he did that all the time, with charm, humour and ability that is reminiscient of Harrison Ford, able to convey everything in a look (This is going to be like Indiana Jones isn't it? ;-) ) AND he's recently finished filming an action TV film, 'The Other Side' so he'll be up for those 'tough situations'

dinabr
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I prefer Joe Flanigan (Lt Col John Sheppard from Stargate Atlantis)in the role of Nathan Drake.

nicscifichick
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I and many others would like to see Joe Flanigan (Lt Col John Sheppard from Stargate Atlantis)in the role of Nathan Drake. He has the same looks, body language and humour as the character already, so this would be an easy fit for him. He is also a very talented actor, and can not only play the action hero with easy, but also depicts much deeper emotions with a classy kind of subtlety many actors could only hope to achieve.

Joe has also expressed his interest in this role and has asked his fans to support him, which we are more than happy to do. His fans are rooting for him and putting is name out there. He definitely deserves more of a mention from sites such as this than he is getting so far, so how about it?

Kcat10
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We want Nathan Fillion to be cast as Nathan Drake!

Yes! NATHAN FILLION is the BEST choice to play Nathan Drake! He’s got action hero written all over him, with the biceps to prove it. He’s extremely bright, clever, funny, sexy, young, hot, and devilishly handsome. And he wants this role as much as we want it for him!

It’s his turn to be the next powerful leading man on the big screen. He’s an up-and-coming A-List movie star with muscle and heat and he’s a-comin’ to take over feature films! I feel it! Grab him while you can for the Uncharted franchise. Because he’ll also make the best Indiana Jones when they re-boot those movies!!

In his campaign to be Nathan Drake, we Browncoats and Castillions firmly support our Captain Nathan Fillion!

Kcat10
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@chrisfullman Wow! I'm excited! I truly believe we can get Nathan Fillion cast as Nathan Drake. Next, Indiana Jones, and much, much more!

It's great we who believe in him are doing everything in our power to help him become the A-list leading man movie star he deserves to be! And to make very sure he is spared any more pain in his career such as he, and we, suffered with the demise of Firefly and Serenity.

I'm so happy you've asked me to join forces with you! I've gathered lots of sites so far, including some Twitters: http://tl.gd/6h02rs to help Browncoats and Castillions write in their desires in the comments section of each site, and express their support on Twitter.

Like you, I've been working hard day and night, going without sleep, and it's worth it. Thank you again for your support, hard work, and kindness, Chris! We'll get Nathan cast as Drake, yet!

Kcat10

chrisfullman
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@Kcat10 Stay tuned, we'll have our campaign up and running very soon!

retweeterson
retweeterson

I myself have always thought Fillion was perfect for a live-action Drake. I remember playing U:DF, hearing Drake's voice and attitude, and thinking, "That's Nathan Fillion!"

From what I hear, Hugh Jackman seems to be the studios lead choice, and I continually hear Ryan Reynolds as well.

jesse
jesse

personally i cannot wait for the movie but i think that any actor will do a good job as for Nathan fillion i dont think i have seen anything he was in and Chris Evans the only thing ive seen him in was cellular (which is 1 of my favorite movies) so id think hed be a good choice but the actor i would like to see play him would be Gerard Butler Nathan drake -Gerard butler
Elena-Kate Hudson
sully-George Clooney

jesse
jesse

personally i cannot wait for the movie but i think that any actor will do a good job as for Nathan fillion i dont think i have seen anything he was in and Chris Evans the only thing ive seen him in was cellular (which is 1 of my favorite movies) so id think hed be a good choice but the actor i would like to see play him would be Gerard Butler Nathan drake -Gerard butler
Elena-Kate Hudson
sully-George Clooney

RisingHero543
RisingHero543

Actually you have a point Jesse, Gerard could be a good drake. And by the way, Chris evans was the human torch in Fantastic 4 movie. And is the new captain america coming out in july of this year

devenp
devenp

Actually you have a point Jesse, Gerard could be a good drake. And by the way, Chris evans was the human torch in Fantastic 4 movie. And is the new captain america coming out in july of this year.

RisingHero543
RisingHero543

@devenp This is very ODD! I posted as my account RisingHero and yet i see devenp when i post...

chrisfullman
chrisfullman

Hey Abby, thanks for commenting! From what I read this weekend, Chris Evans may end up being Captain America (that's the rumor anyways), so his schedule might be filled soon. Why no Nathan? :)

Abby
Abby

Please not Nathan Fillion. I'm thinkin' more along the lines of Chris Evans.

Aaron
Aaron

I agree that fillion is a must have for the movie! people are saying that he couldnt carry a blockbuster...well if the script is good he will definately give a great performance as his firefly character is basically drake, and i think it will just be an automatic score for the studios,the rest of the public that doesnt know about the game will show up just from word of mouth and make fillion into an a list actor! as big as a fan of uncharted as i am, i am seriously thinking about not watching it if they cast anyone other than fillion, another must cast would have to bruce campbell as sully. but seriously if anyone knows of a petition that it is going around to send to the studios about casting fillion please send it my way!

Dr S Laughter
Dr S Laughter

Agreed!

Fillion would help push this film into the realms of the 'good' Indiana Jones movies. Anyone else would make it seem too contrived and cheesy. I know Drake is supposed to be a bit cheesy but i think it takes a certain kind of actor to pull of those one liners with credibility.

Jay
Jay

Right after i heard about a movie being the works.....i already knew who should be playing Drake and it was Nathan Fillion....i hella want him to play Drake....I hope they choose him!!!!....i cant see anyone else playing Nathan Drake but him

Kevin
Kevin

Gerhard Butler-Drake
Charlize Theron-Helena
Kate Beckinsale-Chloe
Kurt Russell-Sullivan

RisingHero543
RisingHero543

Lol you sure Kurt Russell should play as Sully? That doesn't sound good. I mean, Kurt Russell is cool and a good actor but not for that character lol.

eamon
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i think the man from star gate atlantis should play drake he is double and has some humor wud be good choicce,

Tom
Tom

Why not Nolan North as Drake? He already does the mo-cap and voice of Drake, and he does look like him. It'd seem like the most natural fit to me.

Matt
Matt

You got me thinking Chris. Now I'm also looking forward to the Indiana Jones/Nathan Drake mashups.

rob
rob

Anyone who saw the awesome, but short lived, series Firefly would know that after playing Uncharted, Nathan Drake practically is the main character from Firefly. Very similar look, same bravado and most importantly same sense of humour. Even the voice of Nathan Fillion is close. He is as close to a dead ringer as you could want, and would be perfect in the role. Great actor too, with a cheeky sense of wit that is spot on.

The only possible alternative I could think of may be David Boreanaz of Buffy, Angel and Bones fame. Similar sense of humour and could add extra hunk factor, but still second fiddle to Nathan Fillion.

Chris
Chris

Thanks for the comment, Rob! I'm just waiting for all the mashups from UNCHARTED 2's cinema mode that'll mix Nathan Drake and anything Nathan Fillion is in... it's only a matter of time.

Ryan
Ryan

As a Nathan Fillon fan, I totally agree, Malcolm Reynolds for example as the personnality of Drake, there's no doubt about it, and they also look like each other !

When David Boreanaz was younger, he looke also a loot like Nathan Drake, but less now.

I'd love to see an Uncharted movie (but more close to the huge actions we have in Among thieves than in Drake's Fortune !

Matt
Matt

I think Fillion is a terrific choice. As soon as I started playing, I thought that he was the voice/actor behind the character. He's obviously got the attitude and the look down pat.

Having said that, I can see the studios wanting to skew a bit younger in their casting. If they do go younger, I wouldn't mind someone like Chris Pine in the lead role. Maybe even Chris Evans. If you can't get the guy behinid Malcolm Reynolds, why not the new Captain Kirk or even the Human Torch?

What do you guys think?

Melissa
Melissa

Matt -

Nathan Fillion would be my first choice (so I'm a bit biased...) but as to his clout and carrying a big movie - Firefly does have a loyal following AND Fillion's show Castle (which is really good, btw) has been getting good reviews, and is giving him good publicity to the general public. And younger in their casting?? For shame! :-)

Matt
Matt

I agree with you on the Chris Evan thing. I was never really a huge fan, but was surprised by his turn in Sunshine. Something tells me that he's got potential to shine with the right character. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Drake could be it if given the chance.

I also agree with your analysis on Pine in terms of his look. He doesn't nail the look in the way that Fillion does, but his portrayl of Kirk sold me on his screen presence.

Don't get me wrong, Fillion would be my ideal choice. I am a bit worried though that he doesn't have enough clout outside of Firefly/Serenity/Uncharted fans to carry a huge movie. I could be wrong, but I'd love to see an Uncharted movie open big and get a lot of buzz.

Chris
Chris

Hey Matt, great analysis, and thanks for visiting the site!

I think Pine would fit the part acting wise, but I'm not exactly sold on his appearance... Granted, Fillion would have a bit of bulking up to do, but he already looks like Nathan Drake, and that has a lot going for him. In terms of acting, many of his characters have the same demeanor as Drake as week, so it seems natural to have Fillion be Drake.

As for Chris Evans, heh, I was never a fan. The only movie I've seen him do a fairly good amount of acting in was Danny Boyle's Sunshine [great movie, BTW]. ;)

RisingHero543
RisingHero543

Well thats what being rich in hollywood is for. Do you think that Jake Gyllenhaal looks like the Prince of Persia? lol. They can make them have the appearance and be good at it. But Chris Pine is like drake. hes funny and sarcastic.

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