New rumour suggests Indiana Jones may be recast
If Indiana Jones 5 doesn't get moving soon, it looks as if Harrison Ford may be replaced in the title role...
The current state of play with Indiana Jones 5 is that it's now a wholly Disney-owned project, with the studio having snapped up the remaining rights to it from Paramount towards the end of last year. Furthermore, Harrison Ford remains interested.
George Lucas? Less so, it seems, as he's in semi-retirement now. Steven Spielberg? It's feasible he's done with Indy too, having suggested that his own action movie directing days are done. But one way or another, he's still got a huge influence over Indiana Jones 5, whether he directs it or not.
The issue though is that Harrison Ford isn't getting younger, and it's already looking like he's committed to doing at least one Star Wars film in the year or two ahead. Ford is 72 this summer, and the way things are going, he'll be a lot closer to 75 by the time Indiana Jones 5 gets into physical production.
Now Ford at 71 has more energy, charisma and talent than we have many years his junior, but according to a fresh rumour over at Latino Review, the window for him to return to the role of Indiana Jones is shrinking. So much so that "there is a date and if Indiana Jones 5 is not moving forward by then, the studio are 100% prepared to recast a younger Dr Jones and ready up a new trilogy".
In truth, it's inevitable that this will happen at some stage. The site throws in the name of Bradley Cooper as a possible 'replacement'. It also reckons that Frank Darabont - who famously had his script for Indiana Jones 4 turned down by George Lucas - has pitched an idea for the new film.
We'll keep you posted as we hear more. Treat this as rumour for the time being though...
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