Fans of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune are up-in-arms in regards to the casting being done on David O. Russell's upcoming big screen adaptation of the property. They are calling the rumored casting of Mark Wahlberg in the lead a blasphemous act, with quite a few claiming they will ban the project all together if Russell doesn't replace Wahlberg with Nathan Fillion.
One enraged fan even accosted Russell as he was exiting a movie theater, crying out all the reasons why the acclaimed director was making a mistake in casting Wahlberg, and why Fillion, who many believe the video game was modeled after, is the only choice for the role. Soon after, claims were made that Mark Wahlberg had never signed onto star in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and that there was still hope for Fillion to take the lead.
Well, it looks like David O. Russell could give two shakes what the hardcore Uncharted: Drake's Fortune fanbase thinks. As Mark Wahlberg has come forward to confirm that he is indeed headlining the movie as Nathan Drake, and that both Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci will be appearing along with him.
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Here is what Mark Wahlberg had to say:
David O. Russell is writing right now and hopes to direct. It's myself, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro."
Mark Wahlberg has given some of the best performances of his career working alongside David O. Russell in the films Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, and more recently The Fighter. Russell is a notoriously difficult director to work with, and what the Uncharted: Drake's Fortune fans don't realize is that Nathan Fillion, while he may fit the character, may not be suited to working with David on such an intimate level. Maybe there should be an outcry for a different director instead if the fans really care that much.