Uncharted Restarted Film Industry Before Tom Cruise, Says Tom Holland

Tom Holland has refuted Tom Cruise’s claim that Mission: Impossible 7 restarted the film industry after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that Uncharted began its filming before M:I7. Holland will be seen as Nathan Drake in the anticipated adaptation of the video game, Uncharted. Alongside Mark Whalberg’s mentor, Sully, the film will see the duo searching for a lost treasure and Drake’s long-lost brother. The role will see Holland continuing his trend of taking on leading roles in action films after last year’s Chaos Walking and the Marvel Studios’ recent Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Tom Holland Claims Uncharted began its filming before Mission: Impossible 7

Tom Holland in Uncharted
Tom Holland in Uncharted

Another upcoming action film in 2022, Mission: Impossible 7 will again see veteran Tom Cruise return as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The film will also reunite Cruise with MI – Rogue Nation and MI – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie, alongside castmates Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson. M: I7, for which Cruise will also be serving as a producer, was among the first Hollywood movies to begin its production after the pandemic struck the world in 2020. Like with many other films, the production for the movie stopped and started due to various health and safety concerns, with the filming on Mission: Impossible 7 finally ending in September 2021, over a year and a half after cameras started rolling.

As reported by Digital Spy, Tom Holland told Total Film that while Cruise did claim he brought the film industry back with the Mission: Impossible 7 shoot, the star had “forgot about this little film called Uncharted”. Uncharted, as Holland claims, had started its filming four months before the production on M:I7 started. Irrespective of who shot first, Holland revealed that he’s “very proud” of their work on the film.

Read the full quote below:

British actor Tom Holland poses upon arrival to attend the 2021 Ballon d’Or France Football award ceremony.

“I really believe in the project. I believe in the work we’ve done. I’m very proud of how hard everyone worked. We also made this film at the height of COVID. I know Tom Cruise loves to say that he brought the film industry back, but he forgot about this little film called Uncharted that was shooting four months before he was. So, I’m just very proud of what we’ve done. And if we were lucky enough to do it again, it would be really exciting. We’ve only scratched the surface of what Drake and Sully can do.”

While much of filming was suspended during the pandemic’s first wave, production has swiftly returned, with a boom taking place during 2020’s summer. In Tom Holland’s case, the filming restarted too swiftly, with the actor having getting barely a three-day break between wrapping on Uncharted and starting the reshoots for No Way Home. Undoubtedly, a tiring schedule, but the young actor still has a long way to go before he could match Tom Cruise’s output and commitment to stunts.  Going by Cruise’s response to crew members not following COVID protocols, hopefully, the veteran actor won’t respond too harshly to young Holland’s comments.

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