Watch Tom Holland Get Roughed Up in “Uncharted” Stunt Video
Tom Holland is not new to wild stunts. Considering he’s played Spider-Man, the most acrobatic of superheroes, for three movies now, the guy knows a thing or three about using his body during a performance, and in the case of Spider-Man, often attaching said body to wires. Even though quite a bit of the stunt work in a Spider-Man or MCU film is computer generated, there are still plenty of sequences in which Holland is putting in the work himself. Yet for his first role since Spider-Man: No Way Home, the young actor doesn’t have a mask—or superpowers—to rely on. In a new video released by Sony, we get a sense of a typical day on the set of Uncharted. It involves a lot of stunts, many of which see his character, Nathan Drake, getting pummeled.
Uncharted follows the adventures of Nathan Drake, a thief recruited by a treasure hunter named Sully (Mark Wahlberg) to locate the score of a lifetime, worth a cool $5 billion. The problem, of course, is they’re not the only ones looking for it, and their competitors play rough. Hence all the stunts.
In a previous clip, we saw Nathan Drake and Sully involved in some extremely high-stakes negotiations aboard a cargo plane. Let’s just say these negotiations were conducted in a manner befitting armed treasure hunters, and soon enough, we’re treated to a breathless two-minute-long sequence that finds Drake, Sully, and an assortment of very committed henchmen falling out of the plane. They managed to survive (initially) by hanging onto the cargo that’s still attached to the cargo bay. Oh, and while they’re hanging off the plane, they continue fighting.
These are the kinds of stunts Holland and the expert team of stunt performers were tasked with in Uncharted. These aren’t superheroes (even if they’re capable of some pretty inhuman feats), and the stunts are much closer to Indiana Jones and Mission: Impossible than they are a Marvel movie.
Ruben Fleischer directs the film, based on a script from Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway. Uncharted is adapted from a Sony Playstation game, and Holland was actually a player himself before he was tapped for the role. “One of the luxuries of making these Spider-Man movies is they’re made by Sony,” he said at the CES conference. “One of the luxuries of working for Sony is PlayStation. So all the actors’ trailers were outfitted with the best TVs and the newest PlayStation — and one of the games they’d given me was Uncharted.”
Now that game is a major motion picture starring Holland, due in theaters on February 18. Check out the look at the stunts below:
Here’s the synopsis for Uncharted:
Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.
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Featured image: L-r: Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland in “Uncharted.” Courtesy Sony Pictures.