Tom Holland's Instagram Story Teases 'Uncharted' Video Game Movie

Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) set off the Spidey-Sense of countless Uncharted fans this week with a since-deleted post on his Instagram "story" that seems to hint at his next big role.

As ComicBook reports, the 21-year-old actor posted a short video clip of the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection video game title screen with the caption, "For research purposes." This was arguably a reference to his being linked since May to the Sony-produced adaptation of the video game franchise.

Seems like Tom Holland is officially locked in as Nathan Drake, as of earlier this year it sounded like there was some question about it.

Could be filming in 2018?

— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) November 27, 2017

If this is all (ahem) uncharted territory: The video game was developed by Naughty Dog and is published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The fourth installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, was released in May. The series is derivative of Indiana Jones and is a thematic cousin to Tomb Raider, another video game franchise hoping to hit box office gold. (Next year, Alicia Vikander will reboot Tomb Raider after Angelina Jolie starred as hero Lara Croft in 2001 and 2003.)

A big-screen Uncharted has been discussed for more than a year. As of October 2016, it was to be directed by Shawn Levy (Night At The Museum) with a script from Joe Carnahan (Bad Boys for Life). When Holland was attached to the project earlier this year, it seemed as though the film would draw its inspiration from the third installment in the series, in which the hero, Nathan Drake, is still a young man. The film was intended to begin Drake's story in his youth, explain how he met the franchise's villain, Sullivan, and grow in future installments alongside Holland as the actor aged.

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Holland and Marvel/Disney producer Kevin Feige at the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017. Getty Images

There hasn't been any production news since May, but it appears that Holland is at least engaging with the video game and making jokes about the movie. And if Sony made him delete his Instagram post, it could be a sign that work on the film is about to pick up.

It also wouldn't be the first time a studio had to run interference between Holland and his social accounts. Over at Marvel, he was reportedly only allowed to read Infinity War script pages in which he had dialogue because producers worried he would leak details to the press or on social media.

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An early on-set photo of Holland co-star Daisy Ridley, filming 'Chaos Walking.' Patrick Ness / IMDb

Uncharted isn't the only in-the-works project on Holland's slate. In addition to Infinity War, he will appear in at least two more Marvel films, including the as-yet untitled Avengers 4 and a Spider-Man sequel set for 2019. He will also star in 2019's sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, opposite Daisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. That film, based on Patrick Ness's novel, will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity).