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Eat your heart out, Ethan Hunt! Sony Pictures just premiered a full scene from its upcoming Uncharted movie, and it's giving off some serious Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation vibes. The mission, should you choose to except it, finds Nathan Drake (Tom Holland fresh off of Spider-Man: No Way Home) battling for his life just outside of a cargo plane cruising several thousand feet above the ground.
An experienced pro, Sully (Mark Wahlberg) gets the hell out of there right away, but Nathan and Chloe Frazer (Sophia Ali) have no choice but to stay behind in order to take out a number of goons working for the cutthroat villain, Moncada (Antonio Banderas), including his lead hench-person, Braddock (Tati Gabrielle).
Players of the Naughty Dog video games upon which the film is based will recognize that this death-defying set piece was ripped straight out of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception — right down to the objective of climbing across a number of netted cargo hanging precariously out of the plane's open door. It doesn't get more faithful than that!
“We created a film that has a lot of heart, that pays respect to the games, but also gives fans and people that love the games something new and something refreshing,” Holland stated during a virtual CES press conference Wednesday (via The Hollywood Reporter). “It’s interesting in these big action movies, I often find that the heart and soul of the movie can be lost in the action. But what’s so nice about our movie is you have this very tangible relationship between Nate and Sully, which is really the heart of the movie. … It’s about a young orphan looking for his family and in turn finding a family in the most sort of unorthodox way."
Check the clip out below:
"We tried to take inspiration from the games whenever we could," director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom) remarked last month during an interview with Empire Magazine last month. "But we also wanted to have original set pieces that aren't a part of the games at all. I've never seen anything like our third-act finale before and I think it will blow people away."
Speaking on the subject of Holland's contributions to the central role, he added: "If Drake was going to go solve a puzzle, Tom wanted to make sure that it felt like a moment from the game. If he felt like getting the clue was too easy, he would look for ways to complicate it, just to add that layer of believability and make it feel as close to the games as possible."
Fleischer and Holland serve as executive producers alongside Robert J. Dohrmann, David Bernad, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog co-president and a key writer and designer on the Uncharted series), Evan Wells (Naughty Dog co-president), Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway. Marcum and Holloway (the duo best-known for helping write the first Iron Man movie back in 2008) share screenplay credit with The Wheel of Time showrunner, Rafe Judkins.
Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad are producers.
Uncharted arrives in theaters everywhere Friday, Feb. 18.