Mark Wahlberg has agreed to star in David O. Russell’s action-adventure adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, the PS3 video game franchise.
The 39-year-old actor will play Nathan Drake, an “everyman” adventurer who, in the first game, journeys to the fabled city of El Dorado. This would be the fourth collaboration of Wahlberg and Russell, who previously worked together on Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees (infamous for Russell’s on-set tantrum), and this year’s The Fighter.
In his interview with MTV, Wahlberg confirmed Russell is aiming high for the movie’s supporting roles. Robert De Niro is being courted for his father and Wahlberg has discussed the role of his uncle with Joe Pesci. They’re both longshots, especially since Pesci has only done two films this decade, but a Goodfellas reunion would go a long way towards legitimizing another video game movie with Wahlberg, who headlined the abysmal Max Payne.
In other Wahlberg-related news, the actor recently admitted (jokingly) to Collider that the M. Night Shyamalan movie he starred in, The Happening, was a “bad movie.” He continued, “It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.” I respect him for trying something different in his career, but that’s really his rationale for starring in one of the worst movies of 2008? He wanted to play a science teacher? At least he admits it was bad, though I’d love to hear his whole take on it someday.
Those Marky Mark morsels were brought to you from the press junket for The Fighter, which stars Wahlberg and Christian Bale, and is already a strong contender for Oscar nominations in January.