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Mark Wahlberg going to “Uncharted” territories with David O. Russell

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A few weeks back, we worked hard behind the scenes to interview Joe Flanigan, star of “Stargate: Atlantis,” because his dedicated fan base flooded our inbox saying Flanigan should play the lead in David O. Russell’s “Uncharted.” Flanigan spoke to us about his love of the Playstation game, and his interest in playing adventurer Nathan Drake, whom he compared to Indiana Jones.

This goes to show you how quickly a story can shift in today’s entertainment industry.

Flanigan won’t even get a chance to audition for Drake because the part is going to Mark Wahlberg, who worked with Russell on “The Fighter” and “Three Kings.”

“David is one of the best writer/directors I’ve ever worked with,” Wahlberg told MTV. “The idea that he has is just insane. So hopefully we’ll be making that movie this summer.”

Wahlberg went on to say Russell would like to reunite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in supporting roles, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

So I apologize to those dedicated Flanigan fans. We loved the idea of Joe as Drake, but it looks like it’s Wahlberg who won Russell over.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • November 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    There’s no need to apologise. Talk had been that Mark Wahlberg, having worked with David O. Russell before, was probably favourite for Nathan Drake so it comes as no surprise that he’s landed the role. No surprise but disappointing nevertheless… Perhaps one day, someone will realise, like his fans do, that Joe Flanigan has the talent for a similar big action role.

  • November 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    Like SeixoLady said, no need to apologize here for you. And it’s actually no real suprise to me, because meanwhile I’m used to the fact that the film-industry is just smoothly brushing over the wishes of fans and potential watchers (which could bring them money and success if they would, but who needs both of that, right?)…so in the end it just means for me and all my friends (dedicated JoeFlanigan-fans as myself) that this will be another movie we don’t need to watch….simple as that!
    Oh, and dear Entertainment-Industry, if you wonder why you’re going through such a hard time these days and why people simply don’t like to watch your movies or TV-shows any longer, here’s a little intellectual stimulus of me:
    perhaps totally ignoring the wishes of the large audience might be one of the main reason, don’t you think??
    Maybe some day someone has the bright spark to acknowledge the important fact that the way to our money is to ENTERTAIN us, with good movies and the actors WE, the payers, want to see, but until that doesn’t happen, you’ll have to walk further through the valley of dry bones… sorry, guys.

  • December 5, 2010 | Permalink |

    Disappointing as it is the fact we won’t see Joe Flanigan in this role (which definitely would have suited him perfectly), your article still holds a bit of interesting news: you’ve interviewed him? Where can we read the whole interview? I’m sure a lot of fans would be interested in reading it.

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