Live-action Jak and Daxter film reportedly casting Chris Pratt and Tom Holland

Live-action Jak and Daxter film reportedly casting Chris Pratt and Tom Holland
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Tom Chapman


18th Aug 2023 16:16

We can barely move for video game adaptations these days, and while the likes of The Super Mario Bros. Movie and HBO's The Last of Us have been commercial and critical giants, there are worries that we're making these projects just for the sake of it. Like Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, could Jak and Daxter be the next adaptation?

First released in 2001, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy was a PlayStation platformer that hoped to follow in the footsteps of Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot. The IP has changed hands plenty over the years, and while we've not had a new game since 2009, there's still a loyal legion of fans.

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland rumoured for Jak and Daxter movie

With more video game movies by the day, MyTimeToShineHello reports that Jak and Daxter is the next to get the silver screen treatment. The account previously leaked full scripts for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, meaning it's a pretty trusted source.

According to the account, Marvel Cinematic Universe favourites Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are in the running to play Jak and Daxter. Venom's Ruben Fleischer is apparently going to direct, which would reunite him with Holland after the pair worked on Sony's Uncharted movie.

In something of a role reversal, the younger Holland is tipped to play the elf-like Jak, while Pratt will voice the comedic Daxter. The stars have previously worked together on Avengers: Infinity War and Pixar's Onward. It's definitely an unusual casting, and comes after Holland himself said he was interested in the idea.

Fans react to Jak and Daxter movie casting

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With Chris Pratt's casting in The Super Mario Bros. Movie being a point of contention - and the Holland-led Uncharted bombing - this dynamic duo has split fandom. While the pair are two cornerstones of the MCU they're accused of monopolising the industry and not leaving the jobs for anyone else.

It's true that casting Holland and Pratt in Jak and Daxter would likely draw some in, but as is clear from the comments, it'll also drive others way. Responding to the news on Twitter, one critic wrote, "Hollywood needs to hit refresh on their actors roster."

Another added, "Can we get some new blood please," and a third said, "After listening to Chris Pratt as Mario in the #SuperMarioBrosMovie, no thank you. I have this bad feeling that we are potentially going to get more crappy video game movies in the future, but we shall see."

While a Jak and Daxter movie might've not been top of many people's lists in terms of wishlists (seriously, where's Crash?), we'll still be giving it a go. Let's be honest, it can't be any worse than Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

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