Wahlberg takes lead in Uncharted movie

De Niro, Pesci play dad, uncle.

Mark Wahlberg has officially been cast as Nathan Drake in the forthcoming movie version of Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted series.

The former Funky Bunch lynchpin revealed the news in an interview with MTV's Multiplayer blog, stating that Three Kings director David O Russell hopes to start filming in the summer.

"David is one of the best writer/directors I've ever worked with," said Wahlberg. "The idea that he has is just insane."

As rumoured earlier this month, it looks like Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are also in the frame.

"That's who he wants to write the parts for," Wahlberg explained. "I talked to Pesci about it and I know David's people have talked to [Robert De Niro].

"I'm obviously in whatever David wants to do but the idea of it is so off the charts: De Niro being my father, Pesci being my uncle. It's not going to be the watered-down version, that's for sure."

Should you want to eye up Wahlberg's suitabilty for the roll of square-jawed hero Nathan Drake, you can see him do his thing in The Boxer due in cinemas this year.

Naughty Dog, meanwhile, is rumoured to be prepping a third chapter in the Uncharted saga, with a reveal expected at the Spike Video Game Awards next month.

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