Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has signed on to star in the upcoming Uncharted film, playing the role of young Nathan Drake. Deadline reports that the role is based on a sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, turning the film into a prequel to the game series as opposed to the straightforward adaptation that was originally planned.
The Uncharted film will focus on Drake’s youth and his pivotal meeting with treasure-hunting businessman Victor “Sully” Sullivan, who serves as Drake’s mentor and father figure in the games. The change comes from Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman, who came away so impressed after seeing Holland in Homecoming that he saw fit to change the scope of the film.
This is only the latest change to come to the long-promised Uncharted film. The movie has been in development hell since late 2008. Since then, multiple directors and actors have been attached to the project, including Mark Wahlberg and Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is currently attached to helm the film.
Of course, this is a huge deal for Holland, who’s about to get his leading role debut in the rebooted Spider-Man franchise this July. Sony is clearly putting a lot of faith in the young star, who was already well received in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. (To say nothing of his dance skills.) Depending on if this new take on Uncharted can get off the ground, the future certainly looks bright for him.