As first reported exclusively by Variety, Academy Award nominee Antonio Banderas (“Pain & Glory”) has joined the cast of the upcoming “Uncharted” film, adding to the star-studded ensemble that already includes Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Mark Wahlberg (“All the Money in the World”).
Based on the iconic video game franchise, Holland is set to play the leading role of Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels the world in search of mysteries. The role of Drake was originally voiced by legendary voice actor Nolan North, and fans of the franchise are excited to see what Holland offers to the role. There is no further news on what part Banderas will play in the film.
Sources at Variety have also told them that Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle (“The 100”) “have also boarded the film,” while Ruben Fleischer (“Venom”) is set to direct the video game adaptation. Flesicher also directed “Zombieland” and its sequel last year “Zombieland: Double Tap.”
Banderas is coming off the back of his first Oscar nomination, for his wonderful nuanced performance in “Pain & Glory,” where he played a declining film director. He won numerous accolades for the role including the NYFCC and the LAFCA awards for Best Actor. He had been nominated for four Golden Globes prior to the Spanish drama, including for the television miniseries “Genius” for which he was also nominated for an Emmy and a SAG Award.
The film will be co-produced by Sony Pictures, who have a large slate of films due out in the next couple of years. “Venom” will have its sequel released later in October, however Flesicher is not a part of the project this time round, with Andy Serkis directing instead. Holland is set to collaborate with Sony on multiple occasions in the coming years, with further Spider-man films in the pipeline.
“Uncharted” is set to be released in the U.S. on March 5, 2021. Filming is expected to begin in a few weeks time.