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Nathan Fillion Stars in Uncharted Fan Film, Gives the People What They Want

Fillion gives us his best take on Nathan Drake.

Fans have been clamoring for years to see a movie version of the Uncharted series and its protagonist Nathan Drake. While several adaptations have been in the works off and on, fans have always favored Nathan Fillion for the role. Fillion bears a striking resemblance to Drake, and his sly onscreen persona is perfect for the quippy treasure hunter.

Now, we get to see Fillion’s take on Nathan Drake in a new fan film simply titled Uncharted. The 15-minute clip, directed by Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) features Drake’s kidnapping and escape from a mansion filled with bad guys, with the help of teammates Sully (Avatar‘s Stephen Lang) and Elena (Episodes‘ Mircea Monroe). Along the way, there are ancient letters, bracelets, and hidden codes: all the classic tropes of treasure hunting movies.

Fillion has longed to play the role, launching a Twitter campaign to get cast. In the meantime, the film has bounced around in various stages of development, with David O. Russell attached to direct and Mark Wahlberg attached to star. After Wahlberg left, Chris Pratt was rumored to star, but turned the role. Early last year, it was announced that Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) would be directing a prequel story featuring Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming) as a young Nathan Drake.

Ungar and Fillion took to Instagram to announce the film, which was made without permission from Sony or Naughty Dog:

Cat is out of the bag! I’ve wanted to do this ever since Uncharted first came out in 2007. @nathanfillion Absolutely killed it and gave this his all. Huge thank you to all the incredible people who worked on this. You know who are. #uncharted #drake #naughtydog #Repost @nathanfillion (@get_repost) ・・・ This is something I’ve wanted to do, but more importantly, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. If you’ve ever pinned a towel around your neck for a cape, or donned a fedora and nearly put your eye out with a homemade whip, this is for you. Thank you, @allanungar, for letting us all scratch this itch. Thank you, @naughty_dog_inc, for creating such a wonderful archetype. Thank you fans, for your excellent taste. You know who you are. Enjoy. Link in my bio.

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Overall, this scene is a lot of fun, and Nathan is charming as always. Would you watch an Uncharted film starring the erstwhile Mal Reynolds? Who would you like to see in the role?

(via io9, image: Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.