Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in line to co-star in the upcoming Uncharted movie.
Wahlberg is said to be in final talks to take on the role of Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan in the film, which will also star Spider-Man actor Tom Holland as Nathan Drake.
Rather than following the plot of the games, the movie will tell a prequel story featuring Drake as a young treasure hunter learning from his mentor Sully.
Wahlberg was previously in line to star as Drake several years ago years ago when David O. Russell was set to direct an adaptation, before Sony changed the film to an origin story, Variety reports.
The film will begin production early next year, with Sony planning a December 18, 2020 release date.
The Uncharted movie is the first feature production of PlayStation Productions, a studio formed by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) to adapt its original game properties for film and television.
PlayStation Productions is headed up by veteran Sony marketeer Asad Qizilbash and was being overseen by former SIE chairman of worldwide studios, Shawn Layden, before his recent departure from Sony.
With players having to wait years for sequels to blockbuster games, Layden had said PlayStation Production could provide “more touch points” with Sony’s franchises, but that it wouldn’t be pressured into releasing adaptations simply to fill gaps in PlayStation’s content schedule.
The most recent game in the Uncharted series is 2017’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It was the first entry in the franchise not to star Drake, who last appeared in 2016’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which has shipped over 10 million copies.