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Tom Holland explains why Uncharted movie is “everything he dreamed”

Published: 14/Sep/2020 5:25

by Brad Norton

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While the Uncharted movie was in development hell for more than a decade, production is finally underway and Nathan Drake actor Tom Holland has explained why it’s a “dream” for fans of the franchise.

Video game movie adaptations rarely live up to expectations, though the Uncharted flick is looking to buck the trend. After a decade of setbacks, droves of directors joining and leaving the project, and countless celebrities in talks to portray Nathan Drake, production is now in full swing.

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Tom Holland is the leading man as Naughty Dog’s treasure hunting epic is set to hit the silver screen on July 16, 2021. Best known for his recent work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as everyone’s favorite webslinger, Holland has been hard at work on set since July 15.

Two months later and the British actor has been put through the ringer during production. Despite being bruised and exhausted from his work on set, Holland recently booted up an Instagram livestream and explained why the movie is a dream come true for himself, and long-term franchise fans.

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“How’s filming going?” A fan asked at the start of his September 13 broadcast. While early footage was captured towards the beginning of 2020, the ongoing global crisis has slowed production considerably. Regardless, Holland appeared to be in good spirits during the stream.

“Filming is going so well,” he said. “The film is everything I ever dreamed it would be. I was such a huge fan of the games and it’s been going so well.”

At 24 years of age, Holland is stepping into the role of a younger Drake than what we saw throughout the video games. Uncharted 3 featured a key flashback sequence that showed his first meeting with Victor Sullivan. With Mark Wahlberg stepping into the shoes of Sully, this crucial moment appears to be the focal point of the first cinematic adaptation.

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While the narrative seems to be a treat, according to Holland, production has been quite physical. “I do have the biggest bruise of all time on my leg,” he joked. “It’s in a bit of a revealing area for Instagram live but it’s a glorious bruise.”

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Antonio Banderas, Sophia Taylor Ali and Tati Gabrielle are all lined up for roles in the movie, though there’s no telling who they portray just yet. Perhaps new villains or new companions are on the way seeing as there’s been no confirmation on fan favorites such as Eddy Raja or even Elena Fisher.

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The blockbuster adaptation has seen its fair share of setbacks over the years. However, it’s still pushing forward with a July 16, 2021 release date, for now.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.