Who Should Play Who: Our Casting Picks for the UNCHARTED Film

Two vs. One

Written by Dylan Snyder
Published on Nov 13th, 2009

Dylan is now a part of All Things UNCHARTED's extended family.

UPDATE – We have a slightly more up to date version of this post here…

Since the other blogs have given their thoughts on who should be cast in the upcoming UNCHARTED movie, we thought it was about time we’d throw our ideas into the ring. When you’re done reading our picks, give us your thoughts in the comments below! Without much further ado, let’s get down to it…

Nathan Drake

Nathan FillionChris’ Pick: Nathan Fillion
This is, what I believe, a shoe-in for the role of Nathan Drake. Fillion’s definitely got the look, he’s got the experience with filming action scenes, and many of his characters align so well with that of Drake. He’s definitely a fan-favorite, and many of you agree that Nathan Fillion should be cast as the upcoming movie’s Nathan Drake. Whether we’ll get characteristics from Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the short-lived Firefly series and it’s movie adaptation Serenity, Alex Tulley from the also-short-lived series Drive, or Richard Castle from the ABC series Castle, we can be sure that Fillion would bring Drake presence on the silver screen.

Jensen AcklesDylan’s Pick: Jensen Ackles
You might know Jensen Ackles from his popular role as Dean Winchester on The CW series Supernatural.  If not, you’re missing out… His character is pretty much the epitome of Nathan Drake, and Jensen is charming, funny, and downright badass.  It’s tough to describe without having some sort of visual (hint: Go watch Supernatural!), but trust me – he fits.  Like Drake, he can walk into trouble, and see a way of getting out of it, while cracking a few one liners in the process.  His only problem would be that his voice might be a bit too deep to play Drake.

Elena Fischer

Claire DanesChris’ Pick: Claire Danes
Claire’s been around the block in terms of Hollywood films, television and even voice acting in numerous role and character types… from her critic-favorite role in MTV’s My So Called Life to Leonardo DiCaprio’s opposite in Romeo + Juliet, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines or Stardust, Claire has fit just about every role she’s been given with grace and passion. Action: check. Drama: check. Beauty: check. “Love interest:” check.

Emily RoseDylan’s Pick:  Emily Rose
This one is a no brainer.  Emily Rose, who appeared in the short-lived series Jericho, is the actress responsible for Elena’s voice in the games, and looks quite a bit like Elena to boot.  I won’t list all the ways in which she’s like Elena, because she is the character – she created it.  As such, not having her in the film would be a travesty in and of itself.

Victor “Sully” Sullivan

J. K. SimmonsDylan’s Pick:  J. K. Simmons
Gruff to the point and endlessly sarcastic,  J. K. Simmons is best known (to me, at least) for his turn as J. Jonah Jameson in the Spiderman films.  Though he might need to lighten up a bit to play Sully, the foundation is there for J. K. to turn in an enjoyable, and crucial performance as Drake’s partner in crime.  However, he is better known for his role in Spidey than anything else, which may prove to be distracting from the film.

Chris’ Pick: J. K. Simmons
I couldn’t agree with Dylan any more. J. K. is Sully, and out of any actor I can think of that might be able to pull off Victor Sullivan, J. K. is even more of a natural fit than Nathan Fillion is as Drake. If you’ve seen his role as  J. Jonah Jameson in the Spiderman films or his role as Garth Pancake in 2004′s The Ladykillers, a cigar + gun-toting gentleman isn’t far off.

What do you think about our casting selection? Give us your thoughts below!

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TalkingToMars
TalkingToMars

Nathan, Emily and J.K. are the perfect choices

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Jensen Ackles is PERFECT, Fillion would of been great but he would of played a more matured and experienced Nate, when in the first game Nate is young and runs into trouble all the time. I've never seen an episode of Supernatural, but I have seen clips and interviews of Ackles; hes got the looks the hair the body, im a straight guy and I think he's cool, and girls seem to love him aswell, hes got good comedic timing and he can throw a punch and jump around grunting aswell. He can lighten up his voice a little, but im not too fussed.

As for Emily Rose, she's great as the GAME Elena, but a movie would call for, well, better acting, shes not a terrible actress, but shes not the best aswell, so i think Dianne Kruger (Ross's hot girlfreind towards the end of Friends) would be better. The only thing im not too sure about JK Simmons if hes got chemistry with Ackles, if he has then PERFECT! Oh, and another note, im thinking about Uncharted 2 and 3 as movies not just the first one and I truly believe it can be the next Indiana Jones if done right, but it can also be the next Mummy franchise if done wrong.

Destinyrko
Destinyrko

For Nathan I would prefer to see Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), though Nathan Fillion would be a second choice. I love Jensen (being an avid Supernatural fan), but had really thought about him for the role... Now that I did, I can't help but agree. He certainly is the closest age wise, besides being totally able to pull an awesome Drake, considering the physicality and personality he has showed us already.
Obviously, not having Emily Rose as Elena would be a sin, no matter what.
JK Simmons wouldn't make a bad Sully, but I believe Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) would be a more obvious choice, considering he looks just like Sully and his role as Sam Axe is somewhat similar, from the gun bearing and kick ass attitude, to the humor and relation with a younger "version of himself".

Cassie Vigil
Cassie Vigil

Jensen is amazing and he NEEDS to be recognized already!! Sure he's popular on Supernatural now but not enough people watch it to truly know how good an actor he is. I absolutely love him and obviously he should be doing something like this since it's the SECOND time he's been mention for a movie (ahem, Captain America) and even though that didn't happen, it doesn't mean there weren't a lot of people supporting it. Jensen is perfect!

P.S even though he will not be playing Captain America does NOT mean that I don't like Chris Evans because he is really good and funny too and I am glad that he got the part.

Cassie Vigil
Cassie Vigil

Jensen is amazing and he NEEDS to be recognized already!! Sure he's popular on Supernatural now but not enough people watch it to truly know how good an actor he is. I absolutely love him and obviously he should be doing something like this since it's the SECOND time he's been mention for a movie (ahem, Captain America) and even though that didn't happen, it doesn't mean there weren't a lot of people supporting it. Jensen is perfect!

P.S even though he will not be playing Captain America does NOT mean that I don't like Chris Evans because he is really good and funny too and I am glad that he got the part.

Sara
Sara

Hey! Not bad picks guys. J.K. Simmons is a good choice!
I'm the webmistress of an Uncharted news blog, and there was a poll last week on who people would like to see as Drake, specifically. Nolan North obviously ranked highest, but there was also a sizable push for an unknown actor.
I was wondering what you guys think about casting unknowns in the movie. I personally feel it would be a very wise move, particularly as it's an adaptation, but that's just me.

Wolf B.
Wolf B.

Nathan Fillion is a definite for Nathan Drake, no questions on that whatsoever. And I never knew how much Emily Rose actually looked like her character: Wow! She's a perfect fit. But as for Sully, you would need someone who could be witty, gruff, and somewhat sexist as well.. Although his voice doesn't quite sum up Sully, I could see Bruce Campbell pulling off that role.

Uncharted Blog
Uncharted Blog

Good choices!
I would also pick Nathan Fillion as Drake since Nolan North probably wont play him.

I hope they keep up the humor from the game.

Dylan
Dylan

Perhaps, that could certainly turn out great. At the same time, you never know how an unknown will go over. What immediately springs to mind is the casting of "Eragon" for the movie of the same name. It didn't really make sense, and he never fit with the character or story.

On the flip side, you have the casting of Prince Caspian in the most recent Narnia movie. Ben Barnes turned out great for the role, and a lot of people enjoyed the film.

Basically, it's a give or take thing. You could get lucky, or you might not. That's why I picked Jensen, and Chris picked Nathan. While both have some considerable achievements under their belts, and yet neither are particularly mainstream famous.. I'm certainly open to an unknown coming in and blowing me away though.

Sara
Sara

Hey! Not bad picks guys. J.K. Simmons is a good choice!
I'm the webmistress of an Uncharted news blog, and there was a poll last week on who people would like to see as Drake, specifically. Nolan North obviously ranked highest, but there was also a sizable push for an unknown actor.
I was wondering what you guys think about casting unknowns in the movie. I personally feel it would be a very wise move, particularly as it's an adaptation, but that's just me.

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