Sony’s recently released Uncharted movie was full of twists and turns, but perhaps the biggest surprise for fans was the inclusion of Rudy Pankow as Nathan Drake’s brother Sam. Trailers for the film had already revealed the elder Drake would have an impact on the story, but Pankow’s casting and Sam’s actual appearance were kept a secret until the project hit theaters. The movie’s post-credits scene strongly hinted that the character would be back in a potential sequel, though whether or not the Outer Banks star will return to play him seems up in the air.
After all, Sam would have aged quite a bit in the film series’ timeline, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the studio cast an older actor when the time comes. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, however, Pankow voiced his desire to come back for another round. Despite the fact that, apparently, it wasn’t even him we saw in the film’s stinger:
That [second-to-last] scene with the bearded guy, that was not me. I don’t know if I should have said that or not, but I will stay true to the fact that it was not me. I don’t think I should have expectations, but at the same time, my fingers are crossed. So I hope it goes in that direction, and I hope that they just throw a couple of scruffies on my chin so I can play a late-20s to 30-year-old Sam. I would also get a little bigger for the role, so I think I can pull it off. So if there is a sequel, the fates will decide what will happen, but it would be a blast to hunt treasure alongside Tom Holland.
An Uncharted sequel has not yet been given the go-ahead, but the first film’s success would indicate it will happen eventually. If Sam does play a big role, it will be a departure from the game series, which doesn’t see the brother reunite in person until much further down the line.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter