Yesterday, we let you know that when Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley took over as directors on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, they “pitched a pretty new story to the team, kind of like a new direction for the project.”
As it turns out, part of the new story meant leaving behind a role played by Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One), who told IGN in a recent interview, “I worked on Uncharted, the one that has yet to come out – I was doing a role on that. Really, I hadn’t seen [Nolan North] since he and I had recorded years before.”
After first hinting at that he was fired, then correcting to say he quit, Tudyk mentioned that he “didn’t like it,” before adding that he didn’t make any friends at Naughty Dog:
I mean, I left because they decided to go a different way with it and so when they did that, when they changed leadership, it made my contract null and void and I was able to take that opportunity to walk away which was great because I got the experience of doing it, I made some friends – not with Naughty Dog – but I made some friends with the people that left.
Tudyk isn’t the first actor to be removed from Uncharted 4, with Todd Stashwick leaving the project back in 2014 after six months of work. As Tudyk put it, the reason they left was because “‘y’all are making some weird changes, we’re gonna leave.'”
Uncharted 4 launches on March 18, 2016.