Mark Wahlberg to star in new movie based on popular video game franchise

The Dorchester native will play a different role than originally expected.

Actor Mark Wahlberg poses during the Photo Call for Mile 22, on July 28, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Mark Wahlberg. –VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Mark Wahlberg is set to join the cast of a movie based on a successful video game — but not in the role he was initially rumored to be playing.

The Dorchester native is in the final stages of signing on to “Uncharted,” an action-adventure film based on the hit video game series of the same name, according to Variety.

The film will serve as an origin story for series protagonist Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who travels the world in search of fortune and adventure. Tom Holland, who currently plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will take the role of Drake, while Wahlberg will play Victor “Sully” Sullivan, a treasure hunter and businessman who serves as a friend and mentor to the younger Drake.

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“Uncharted” has kicked around in development for years, with numerous stars and directors attached at various points. Wahlberg was initially rumored for the lead role of Drake, with David O. Russell — who directed Wahlberg in “Three Kings,” “The Fighter,” and “I Heart Huckabees” — originally slated to direct. Because Sony decided to turn the film into an origin story, Wahlberg was no longer the ideal age for the role, but still wanted to be part of the movie in some way, according to Variety.

Before you see Wahlberg traipsing through exotic jungles in “Uncharted,” he has a number of upcoming releases set to drop in the next year or two. First on the docket is “Wonderland,” in which Wahlberg plays wisecracking Boston detective Spenser, the protagonist of Robert B. Parker’s series of detective novels, the 1980s ABC show “Spenser: For Hire,” and several TV movies. Wahlberg also voices Hanna Barbera superhero Blue Falcon in “Scoob!” a computer-animated origin story of the “Scooby-Doo” series set to hit theaters May 15. Further down the road, Wahlberg will play the titular role in “Good Joe Bell,” a 2020 drama about a father who walks across America with his son, and is currently filming “Infinite,” an action thriller about a man who discovers his hallucinations are visions of past lives.

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