Nathan Fillion (and Nathan Fillion fans) must be feeling a glimmer of hope right about now, because it seems Mark Wahlberg may NOT be playing Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted: Drake's Fortune movie after all. That is, IF we can believe the director of the upcoming Uncharted 3 video game.
When we reported Wahlberg's casting about a month ago, some fans became pretty vocal about how unhappy they were with that casting choice. One even approached director David O. Russell, trying to make a case with him for casting Fillion in the lead role—though Russell didn't even seem to know who Fillion was! (Fillion had previously urged fans to start a Twitter campaign on his behalf to get the part.)
In an interview with Joystiq, Justin Richmond, the director of the highly anticipated Uncharted: Drake's Deception, coming out on 11-01-11, debunked the stories that have been making the rounds on the Internet for the past month that Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter) had been cast as Nathan Drake and that the film would feature his extended family.
Richmond said, "First of all, all that stuff was denied by David O. Russell. He actually called us up and was like, 'I don't know what these guys are talking about.'"
Russell had previously told the Los Angeles Times that he would expand Nathan Drake's storyline in the movie to include his extended family, featuring Drake's father and uncle (characters that DO NOT appear in any of the games so far).
"This idea really turns me on that there's a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities ... [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice," Russell said, adding, "We'll have the family dynamic, which we've done in a couple of movies now. ... And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That's a really cool idea to me."
Justin Richmond then proceeded to say that the casting of Wahlberg as Nathan Drake was something that was nowhere near official, even though it came from the actor and director himself.
So now the question is—who's telling the truth? Wahlberg and Russell? or Richmond? No matter who is, we have a feeling Nathan Fillion's agent must be dialing up David O. Russell just about now.