Nov. 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM ET
Looks like Mark Wahlberg is Nathan Drake.
The actor and star of movies like "The Departed," "Boogie Nights" and "Date Night" confirmed to MTV Multiplayer that he will be starring in a forthcoming movie based on the "Uncharted" games for the PS3. He will play Drake, the swashbuckling treasure hunter from both "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" and "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves."
Wahlberg also confirmed rumors that Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro may have roles in the film. Meanwhile, David O. Russell the man who helmed films like "Three Kings" and "I Heart Huckabees (and apparently has something of a temper on set *warning NSFW) has been tapped as the film's director.
Wahlberg previously worked with Russell in "Three Kings." Meanwhile, this isn't the first time the actor has starred in a film adaptation of a video game. He played the leading role in the 2008 movie "Max Payne," an adaptation of the game franchise by the same name.
Wahlberg certainly seems a decent enough fit for the role of Drake, though I can't help but be disappointed they didn't pick my favorite (and woefully underappreciated) leading man Nathan Fillion. Fillion had hoped to star in the "Uncharted" film (and would have rocked that role btw).
Wahlberg told MTV that they hope to begin shooting the film this coming summer.
If this movie actually gets made, it'll be interesting to see how the game is translated to film — always a tricky proposition. It's already clear they'll be taking some liberties with the story line. Wahlberg told MTV that De Niro would play Drake's father and Pesci would play Drake's uncle — characters that have not appeared in either game.
But, as always, the big question is: Will this movie adaptation of a video game be any good? The best answer we can provide at this time: Keep your expectations low.
Sure, the film-making team seems solid enough. Perhaps this movie will succeed where so many others have failed. Then again, how can we dare to hope when our game movie expectations have been dashed on the cruel cruel rocks of reality so very many times.
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And check out Todd Kenreck's review of "Uncharted 2" here: