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‘Uncharted’ movie trailer plays Nathan Drake’s greatest hits

Sony is finally releasing an Uncharted movie after trying to make one for over a decade. If you need more evidence that the film actually exists beyond a snap of Tom Holland in Nathan Drake’s classic attire, here’s the first trailer.

Even though Holland plays a much younger version of the character (which Mark Wahlberg’s Sully jokes about in the opening moments) than in the games, the enjoyable-enough trailer incudes some of the most memorable moments from Drake’s globe-trotting adventures. There isn’t a bit where he clambers up a train carriage that’s dangling over a cliff, but there’s the cargo plane set piece from Uncharted 3 and a ship trapped inside a cave, just like in Uncharted 4. The clip includes some underground exploration too.

The film’s set to arrive in theaters on February 18th, following several delays. Attempts to make an Uncharted movie stopped and started over the years, with directors including David O. Russell, Seth Gordon and Shawn Levy being attached at certain points before Zombieland and Venom helmer Ruben Fleischer saw the film through. The project had been in development for so long that, for a while, Wahlberg looked set to play Drake, rather than the character’s mentor.

Some viewers might be coming to the franchise with fresh eyes (maybe because they need more Tom Holland in their lives), and they might want to play the games to see what all the fuss is about. Sony Pictures included a handy reminder at the end of the trailer about a remastered bundle of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy that’s coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in early 2022.

In case the trailer doesn’t quite match up to what you might have expected, or Holland doesn’t seem like the right person for the gig in your opinion, it’s worth checking out this short fan film from a few years back in which Nathan Fillion plays the rogueish treasure hunter. It’s a blast.

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These were your greatest moments

Pepper the robot is taking early retirement.

The humanoid’s maker, Japan’s SoftBank Group, has reportedly stopped producing Pepper due to weak demand.

Pepper had been touted as the harbinger of a robotics revolution, but the droid’s early demise show it couldn’t quite live up to the hype.

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Pepper nonetheless made a mark on the public during the android’s six-year run. Here are our fondest memories of the robot “with a heart.”

1. The time Pepper got fired from a grocery store

Pepper once sought gainful employment in a Scottish grocery store, but the droid soon proved unsuitable for the role.

Working under the pseudonym of Fabio, the robot was fired after a week of confusing and unnerving customers.

“Unfortunately Fabio didn’t perform as well as we had hoped,” said Luisa Margiotta, who ran the chain of shops with her father and sister. “People seemed to be actually avoiding him.”

A key reason for Pepper’s early retirement may well be the robot’s inability to hold down a job.

2. The time Pepper became a Buddhist priest

In 2017, Pepper was filmed performing Buddhist funeral rites at the ominously named “Life Ending Industry Expo” in Tokyo.

The software writers envisioned the bot helping busy priests in rural areas, but there have been no reports of Pepper getting hired to work at funerals.

3. The time Pepper gave evidence at the UK Parliament

In one of Pepper’s more irritating stunts, the robot became the first non-human witness at the UK Parliament.

Pepper was wheeled out to offer insights on the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — but the robot is about as insightful as a towel.

All the questions and answers were scripted in advance, as Pepper is incapable of formulating original thoughts.

The droid’s responses were predictably vapid, although no worse than many of the ministers’ comments.

4. The time Pepper was a victim of assault. 

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son wanted Pepper to “make people smile,” but the robot didn’t make everybody beam.

A drunken 60-year-old man was once arrested for kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage. According to the Japan Times, the brutal attack left Pepper a shadow of its former self.

In fairness to Pepper, the assailant said his anger had been provoked by a human store clerk. The robot was merely an innocent victim of his ire.

The incident proved that Pepper could at least provide a useful (albeit pricey) punchbag.

5. All the times that Pepper shook hands with celebs

Undoubtedly, Pepper’s greatest skill was shaking hands with dignitaries.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande were among the many VIPs who grasped the cold hand of the “emotionally intelligent” robot. “Rock star” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson preferred to give the lifeless droid a cuddle.

Pepper went on to become a celebrity in its own right, but fame proved to be a fickle beast.

Farewell, my dear Pepper. If only the robot gods had taken Sophia’s life instead.

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