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WIRE Buzz: Uncharted's Tom Holland meets video game Nathan Drake; Peter Dinklage oinking in Hitpig
In an official image posted by Naughty Dog, we see Holland sharing a moment with Nolan North, the voice actor behind Drake in the video games. We can only hope this means North will have some kind of cameo in the live-action translation, which also stars Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali, and Tati Gabrielle.
"Find someone who looks at you like Nate looks at Nate," reads the caption, poking fun at the double vision (cue Foreigner).
Venom's Ruben Fleischer is helming the video game adaptation after several directors (like Shawn Levy and Travis Knight) bowed out of the Sony-produced project. Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote the script. Production restarted over the summer and Uncharted is now eyeing a theatrical release date of July 16, 2021.
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Lilly Singh (A Little Late With Lilly Singh) will voice the lead characters in Hitpig, an upcoming animated film from U.K.-based Aniventure, the studio has confirmed.
Co-directed by Cinzia Angelini (a storyboard artist on Minions) and Maurizio Parimbelli (an animator on Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), the movie takes place in a futuristic and cyberpunk world inhabited by talking animals. The story begins when the titular, slop-loving bounty hunter (Dinklage) accepts his next target: Pickles, a naive and happy-go-lucky elephant (Singh). While Hitpig initially views Pickles as a simple payday, "the unlikely pair find themselves on an unexpected adventure criss-crossing the globe that brings out the best in both of them," reads the official synopsis.
"Peter will bring equal parts a huge heart and fantastic humor to his character,” Angelini said in a statement.
"There is no one funnier than Lilly,” added Parimbelli. "But she’ll also bring a warmth and loving side to Pickles."
Berkeley Breathed (the creator of comic strips like Opus and Bloom County) penned the screenplay and serves as the film's lead character designer. Both Hitpig and Pickles appear in Breathed's 2008 picture book Pete & Pickles.
"When Peter and Lilly agreed to voice our lead characters, it was one of those deliciously rare voilå moments for a writer and artist when the final perfect ingredients are added to one’s cooked-up soufflé of imagination," the author said. "They’ll bring heartfelt, hilarious performances to our lead characters and deliver the message and theme I had intended when I conceived the story, the hope that unexpected connection can deliver in our disconnected lives. I’m in humbled awe of our entire crew and the endless reserves of ingenuity that they’re bringing to this movie."
Rainn Wilson (Utopia), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Hannah Gadsby (Nanette), and Dany Boon (Raid: Special Unit) have also been in the cast in the project, which is currently in production. It's expected to bow in 2022.
Check out some concept art below: