Fans on Reddit were similarly impressed, even those who were on the fence about the movie. When Deadline reported that Holland was cast as Nathan Drake back in 2017, some fans were skeptical that the Spider-Man actor could do the role justice. Holland’s picture seems to have assuaged some of those doubts.
“Wow I was skeptical at first,” one Redditor wrote. “But seeing this image, I can definitely see him pulling off a 20-22 year old Drake.”
“Okay, f*** it,” another Redditor said. “I’m sold.”
The Uncharted movie is the second time Holland will be playing a starring role in a major franchise. Uncharted has been referred to as a landmark series in gaming for popularizing a blockbuster approach to game design. Critics have lauded the series for its exciting set pieces, globe-trotting storylines, polished voice acting and sweeping soundtracks that all feel reminiscent of a Hollywood adventure film.
Uncharted’s protagonist Nathan Drake stands alongside Halo’s Master Chief and Metal Gear’s Solid Snake as one of modern gaming’s most recognizable icons. The charismatic adventurer has been described as a modern-day Indiana Jones for his wise-cracking, easy-going personality and moments of emotional vulnerability.
After many rewrites, the movie settled on being a prequel for the video game series, with Holland playing a younger Nathan Drake in his early 20s.
Looking good, Tom. But if you really want to embody Nathan Drake, you have to commit to the half-tuck.
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