The long, slow incubation of Sony's Uncharted movie has seen the project churn through six directors and a leading man, but now on top of a new director—Reuben Fletcher of Venom—the project has also added a few cast members, including recent Academy Award nominee Antonio Banderas.
Variety reports that Fletcher, Banderas, Sophia Ali (Grey's Anatomy) and Tati Gabrielle (The 100, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) will join the movie, which is set to release just over a year from now on March 5, 2021.
Banderas joins current Spider-Man Tom Holland (as Nathan Drake) and Mark Wahlberg (once attached as Drake, and now cast as his mentor Sully) on the list of Uncharted's big names. Banderas was just nominated for Best Actor at the 2020 Academy Awards for his leading role in Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory. While he lost the Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix in Joker, Banderas did pick up Best Actor at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
No stranger to the flavor of swashbuckling adventure that Uncharted trades in, Banderas has starred in several action and thriller films over his long career, including two installments of Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy and the revival Zorro films in 1996 and 2005.
Sony has yet to announce which roles Bandera, Ali, or Gabrielle are slated to play in the movie. So far, all we know about its story is that it will be a prequel to Naughty Dog's Uncharted games, which suggests that all three could be playing brand new characters.
Production on Uncharted is scheduled to begin later this year. Assuming Sony doesn't shed yet another director and end up delaying the movie, 2021 could be another big year for live-action game adaptations: Lionsgate just announced that it's moving ahead with plans to make a Borderlands movie, Showtime's Halo series is set to premiere, and we're also due for another season of Netflix's The Witcher in 2021.