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Rumor: Matthew McConaughey To Star As Nathan Drake?

The sheer number of games that are set for their feature film debut is either exciting or worrisome. We all know that Hollywood can effectively destroy a great game or even an entire franchise; terrible game-to-movie adaptations are common.

But they had best not screw up a movie based on Naughty Dog's Uncharted series (the second title, Among Thieves hits later this year). Granted, the premise is perfect for a movie - it's basically a modern-day Indiana Jones - but Hollywood has proven they can screw up just about anything. We don't have any solid info on this project just yet, but according to ThePlayStationNetwork, Matthew McConaughey is in line to star as Nathan Drake. The popular actor has been in almost too many movies to mention, and his list of credits certainly includes similar films that might make him familiar with such a role. For our part, we find Drake to be a little more sardonically serious; we think McConaughey might be a bit too laid back for this character. But hey, he's an actor, right? He should be able to make the mold and step right into it. This is another one of those times where we can easily say, "oh, an Uncharted movie? ...that sounds like it could be great!" And we'll just stick with that; optimism is essential.

We'll let you know if any more details pop up about this project, which certainly hasn't been confirmed just yet. How many more games will make their way to the big screen?

4/23/2009 Ben Dutka

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Robochic
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:08:07 AM
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If it was to go to movie, Matthew McConaughey would be a perfect match, i loved him in fools gold, great movie and funny.

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Heavenly_King
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 8:08:53 PM

HOW ABOUT THE SAME ACTOR THAT PLAYS AS NATHAN IN THE GAME.

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Akuma07
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 1:34:45 AM

that never works.

they have their voices, but you want someone that looks like them, and im pretty sure the games characters arent molded after what their voice over looks like.

just like Christian Bale playing Solid Snake. David Hayter does the voice, but looks absolutely nothing like snake, bale is the correct decision.

McConaughey has done several 'treasure hunting' films so he should be able to make this one work.

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coverton341
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:25:44 AM
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Please god shoot me now. I take the Stewie stance on Matthew McConaughey.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:27:59 AM
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Nooo, this guy is a douchecaptain!

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JasperLoons
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:32:15 AM

I second that.

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recks1jtp
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:36:48 AM
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No way, not McConaughey... I've had this conversation before with friends when they first started talking about making the movie, and I think Nathan Fillion (from Firefly/Serenity) would be the perfect fit. He totally looks like him, and is funny too (if you've ever seen his work).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Fillion
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277213/

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:29:47 PM

Fillion is awesome. As was both Firefly and Serenity.

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sunspider13
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:10:10 PM

My thoughts exactly. And don't forget Nathan was in that sci-fi/horror flick Slither which was good imo.

Last edited by sunspider13 on 4/23/2009 1:13:41 PM

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:48:28 PM

And he even has half of the same name!

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:09:58 PM

Slither was awesome!

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N a S a H
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 4:24:13 PM

Didn't he do something in Halo 3?

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LightShow
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 7:41:55 PM

beat me to it, man. Drake totally looks like Fillion.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:36:40 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Flanigan

Joe Flanigan totally looks more like drake. He'd be perfect.

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Powershifter
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:38:14 PM

Man I loved Firefly and Serenity. Fillion would be PERFECT! Matthew McConaughey wouldn't work... he doesn't look or sound like Drake, which would just be weird.

Someone posted below that Ben Browder would be good as well. I completely agree. I'd be happy if either Fillion or Browder got the role.

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Juanalf
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:43:32 AM
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Actually this is one of few games that would translate well into a movie if done right so I like this idea.

P.S. Matthew McConaughey is a turd.

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:44:24 AM
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If they want anyone to play Nathan Drake they should get Nathan Fillion, he looks and sounds just like Drake!

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JasperLoons
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:46:36 AM

I couldn't figure out who I would want to play him, but that's a very good suggestion.

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recks1jtp
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:59:01 AM

That's what I'm sayin!!! My comment is still pending moderator approval, but I agree with that choice. Too bad the movie execs probably won't ever consider it.

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Juanalf
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:19:46 PM

I Didn't who Nathan Fillion was so I Google it and Wow it's like they based Nathan Drake on him.

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shaydey77
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:47:18 AM
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I think Jack off Home and Away would be the best person to play Drake..(the cop that died recently for those that dont know).

Mc is good but he just seems irritable in most films..but i think thats more the roles he gets than anything else.

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chicko1983
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 5:37:48 PM

nice to see another Aussie in here. I may actually have to watch an episode of Home and Away now to see what the this bloke looks like.

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shreevin
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:52:19 AM
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Instead of wasting money on producing another craptastic VG movie why don't the production companies do something useful like support a 3rd world country or research a cure for some deadly disease. Maybe use the money for something useful like buying enough explosives to remove themselves from the map for good.

And as far as Mr. McConaughey is concerned...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Diggity Dan
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:57:08 AM
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FAIL...

EPIC FAIL

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PANICinc
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:05:34 PM
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Could be good!

I like Matthew McConaughey as an actor. He's alot like me and all my friends! Ever see Surfer Dude? Funny as hell!

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Willcome2Urf
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:14:41 PM
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I still think the captain from "serenity" would be best. Nathan Fillion, that's the guy.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 12:18:45 PM
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@Morsecode...

Yes, he would make a great Nathan Drake. If they wanted a slightly British air to the character David Tennant would work well too, although lots of folks might not believe he's 'buff' enough.

Another possible choice is Ben Browder who does 'actiony' stuff, has the acting chops to manage this kinf od slightly sardonic hero part and actually looks very like Nathan Drake as well. I be he's a tad cheaper than Matthew McConaughey, and probably at least as well known (perhaps better known) to the kinds of movie goer that an Uncharted movie would target.

Last edited by Highlander on 4/23/2009 12:19:02 PM

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Powershifter
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:40:27 PM

Ben Browder .. good choice! I love Stargate

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vertical_69
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:04:09 PM
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Well, I hate Matthew McConaughey... but he could be good. Look at what everyone said about Heath Ledger (god rest his soul) when he first got the joker part. He was to much a pretty boy, and yet he played the Joker perfectly.

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Deleted User
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:24:32 PM
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Yeah, that's a horrible comparison.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:30:04 PM
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in Sahara, Matthew, (were on a first name basis) was good and the roles are closely related.

Fillion does look a lot like Drake though but i think MM is the better actor and has more credentials!

I wouldn't be upset with either one playing the role!

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:43:06 PM
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Anyone else think that Ryan Reynolds would be good for the part?

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:14:34 PM

I don't know if Reynolds could pull it off.

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Robochic
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:49:16 PM
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I think Ryan reynolds may be able to pull it off, or even Brandon Fraser i loved him in the mummy movies.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:24:53 PM

Oh no, please not Brandon Frasier.
Every time I see him..yuck, he oozes of "pretty boy"

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maxpontiac
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 1:51:27 PM
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McConaughey could be a perfect fit for this character. Sahara was a good movie that I thought he did well in.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:03:37 PM
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@ BEN: Typo alert: "The sheer number of movies that are set for their feature film debut" should say "games" not "movies".

MM could be good, Fillion could be good. I'd be interested in seeing either one play the role.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:13:31 PM

Thx, fixed.

...a few days off can screw with you. LOL

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tlpn99
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:04:29 PM
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I hope he does well in it he is an ok actor not one of my faves. Have to wait and see.

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Jordahn
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:07:24 PM
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If only Bruce Campbell were twenty years younger...

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:10:17 PM

Or if hollywood had a time machine that we could retreive him with

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Jordahn
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:16:10 PM

Maybe he'll make a good Sully. I can almost hear him saying "El Goddam Dorado!" in that classic Campbell voice.

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sunspider13
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:56:58 PM

That would be so awesome...Bubba Ho-Tep was...was all sorts of awesome!

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Arvis
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:51:35 PM
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GOD NO! ANYBODY BUT MCONAUGHEY!!!

-Arvis

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sunspider13
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 2:59:18 PM
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The only decent movie that MM has been in was Surfer Dude...

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bearbobby
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:19:45 PM

I think Dazed and Confused has something to say about that ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 4:17:26 PM

"That's what I love about high school girls. I keep getting older and they stay the same age."

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Deadman
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 5:41:29 PM

Dazed and confused is an awesome movie, but they need to go younger for the part maybe Shia Labeouf or someone just as old I see Drake as being much younger than MM or Nathan Fillion like mid twenties early thirty type. A basic young Indiana Jones.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:17:52 PM
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Actually, he was good in Tropic Thunder. Not the greatest movie but certainly funny. I don't believe he is good enough to play Nathan Drake, he would bring shame to the Uncharted name.

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convergecrew
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:31:50 PM
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I always envisioned Nathan Drake as a hip, young, everyman, not some washed-up, balding, 40-something who looks like he's on anti-depressants.

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twenty8nine
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:32:40 PM
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Now I picture that movie as being Sahara in a jungle setting. Either way, I think McConaughey would be a good match with his cocky Texan attitude.

Did they even offer it to Nolan North, the guy that Nathan Drake was modeled after? He already acted out quite a few of the motions during motion-capture for the game.

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The CEO
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:39:10 PM
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Nathan Fillion definitely. Even everyone on IMDB message boards agree. I bet you could replace Nolan Noths(Drake) voice work with Nathan Fillion and not notice any difference. Here check it out! http://abc.go.com/primetime/castle/

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GuernicaReborn
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 3:40:00 PM
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I would only tell McConaughey one thing: Play the damn game before you take the effing roll!!!

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b3mike
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 4:32:32 PM
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No doubt this will flop since when has he been a bankable star?

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GingyfromShrek
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 5:10:23 PM
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Although Matthew McConaughey is a good actor, i don’t think he would suit this part.
Like Nathan Drake he has the cheekiness about him, but, 1. He doesn’t look like him and 2. He is too old to play this part. Nathan Drake looks like he is in his early/mid twenties and Matthew McConaughey is now 39, which means by the time this film goes into production he will be about 40, so he should just stick to his romcom movies.
My recommendation for the part as Nathan Drake is Matt Mullins.
Matt Mullins did some of the Motion Capture for Uncharted:Drake’s Fortune (I’m not sure about Uncharted 2) which means that he has the moves to carry it off, also he shares a big resemblance to Nathan Drake. Check him out, see what you think. I think he is ideal for this part: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1280538/

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Karosso
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 6:07:48 PM
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Nathan Fillion is too old to play Drake! so is Matthey!
Can you guys think of someone better?

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Karosso
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 6:09:58 PM
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Holly smokes! Matt Mullins is Drake!!
Best pick IMHO...

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realmadpuppy
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 7:38:20 PM
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please NO! not that hack!

Joe Flanigan would be a better pick, at least he looks more like Nathan drake and he can be wry and humorous.

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Fane1024
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 7:41:37 PM
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Does Drake go around shirtless? I think it's in MM's contracts that he must have at least one shirtless scene.

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Heavenly_King
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 8:07:22 PM
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I think it would be WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better if the one that takes the role of Nathan Drake in a movie IS THE SAME GUY THAT PLAYS HIM IN THE GAME!! They look the same. It looks like the game character was inspired on that actor.

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NonProphet
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 8:44:39 PM
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Not another terrible movie adaptation of a great game. Besides, I was just replaying Drakes and its already pretty close to a movie.

Either way though, Matthew McConaughey is lamer than FDR's legs...too soon?

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ThatGamerChick
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 8:52:33 PM
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Holy crap! Please... anybody but McConaughey! That guy is in way too many films as it is, and he plays the same laid-back, drawling beach-bum in every one. He is NOT how Nate is supposed to be! Come on, SERIOUSLY?!

I agree with Heavenly_King, if they're really investing their time into an Uncharted movie, at least give the role to the man who made Nathan Drake come to life, Nolan North. Whoever mentioned Nathan Fillion, well... he isn't a bad choice either, I suppose... But Nathan Drake is already a pretty realistic character as it is… I find it difficult to imagine anyone (aside from North) actually portraying him in a movie.

In my opinion, I think a movie version of Uncharted is a HUGE waste of time. Just like Resident Evil and Tomb Raider and the pieces of crap THOSE movies are (no offense to anybody who enjoys them) in comparison to the games. There's a huge potential for screwing it up. It almost never fails when it comes to film adaptations of video games. The game is already so close to a movie (kind of the point, isn't it? to have a cinematic gaming experience?)... so why the heck would they even consider making an actual film about it?! Isn’t that a bit redundant? Doesn't that kind of defeat Uncharted's purpose?

If they decide to make this movie and mess it up, I’ll personally punch Naughty Dog in the face for giving them the rights to something that should be a huge achievement and a pat on the back for them, not something that they can just make a quick buck off of with a movie. I love Uncharted, it's amazing just the way it is and it doesn’t deserve to be another crappy movie :P

Of course, there’s always the chance that they’ll find a way of breaking the mold of the video-game-movie-curse and actually do it right...

I guess we'll see. But that's not gonna happen with McConaughey :P

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:33:02 PM
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I just thought of another person who would be perfect for the part. His name is Joe Flanigan he was on Stargate Atlantis. It would work perfect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Flanigan

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:35:12 PM

Apparently RealMadPuppy beat me to it. lol

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Powershifter
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 9:49:35 PM

I completely agree.

Nathan Fillion, Ben Browder, and Joe Flanigan would all be great as Nathan Drake. These are by far the best options... I wish the people in charge of hiring an actor for this movie could hear our opinions!

also, I hope the film developers at least play the game for once. This would be terrible if they made Uncharted another crappy video game movie.

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Reccaman18
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 11:51:46 PM
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What about the guy he was created after? Mr. Jonny Knoxville. 'nuff said.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:11:44 AM

worst. suggestion. ever. lol.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 12:49:41 AM

Oh dear god. Although I think Jack Black would be worse than Knoxville. Nobody suggested JB though.

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themcbrooms
Monday, April 27, 2009 @ 6:12:56 PM
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Nathan Fillion is perfect! I always thought he did the voice for the game!

I just made a petition for Fillion As Drake.

http://petitionspot.com/petitions/FillionAsDrake

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themcbrooms
Monday, April 27, 2009 @ 7:19:23 PM
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Also, anybody remember the show New Amsterdam on FOX?

the Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (google him, google images). He looks like Drake more than Fillion does!!

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GingyfromShrek
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 3:46:50 AM
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***CRAIG OLEJNIK
from The Listener looks like him, but most importantly when i watch it he reminds me of Drake because of the way he acts. He has the right everything to be Nathan Drake

PIC: http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Shows/G_L/Li_Lp/Listener_The/crops/the-listener4.jpg

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darksupersaiyan
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 2:51:03 AM
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Hey I know this might not make sense but an image of Ben Affleck came into my head as a possible for this film. Now I know you might not see that as a good idea but seriously look at them both they both are handsome lookin guys can be hilarious in certain parts and serious in others. Besides who wants to see Nathan Drake saying "Hey yall wanna come and have a drink wit me yall"? A texas Nathan Drake I think not.

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