You might not know Nolan North by name, but you definitely know his voice, as he's had staring roles in such hit games as the Uncharted series, Assassin's Creed, The Prince of Persia, Shadow Complex, as well as having bit parts in a ton of other high profile games (Check out his IMDB page for the full list). But it's his latest work on Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves that brings North to our attention today, because, as he told the Official PlayStation Blog during a recent podcast (via Edge Magazine), he would very much like to play the series' main adventurer in the big screen adaption of the game that was announced earlier in the year.
"I want to do the movie. I mean I would love to do it as Nathan Drake and if I keep getting such recognition as bringing this character to life like no one else can, I would love to play myself. But I’ve been in this business for long time now and I’ve done film, I’ve done television and I understand the realities of the business," North said.
Considering that the now hunky Jake Gyllenhaal was cast to star as the Prince in the film adaptation of Prince of Persia, it wouldn't be that surprising if Uncharted's producers decided to go with a big name actor to bring Nathan Drake to the silver screen, even though North most recently portrayed the character in Ubisoft's 2008 title. And actually, North has already decided who he would like to play Drake should he not get the part.
“I would love them to get Hugh Jackman if they’re not going to use me… I think the producers really would like to see Jackman because… he has that tough guy exterior but… there’s a lot going on behind his eyes. There’s a lot of emotion and sensitivity on that brusque exterior. And he has great comic timing. I mean he’s a phenomenal actor and I just hope that I get a part in the movie where I get to work with Hugh."
Nothing against Jackman, but I think he's a bit too brawny for Drake. Granted, Drake isn't quite as nerdy as Indiana Jones, but he still has to have that kind of "normal guy" feel. And watching Weapon X muscling his way through temples just doesn't strike me as the right vibe for the movie. Then again, I am no longer a big shot Hollywood producer, so what do I know?
Do you think North should be given a shot to star as Drake? If not, who would you like to see cast in his place?