Sorry, Chris Pratt fans (and a special sorry to Nick who prostrates himself in front of a Pratt shrine ever morning), despite all the rumours to the contrary, it appears that your young hero will not be donning Indiana Jones’ iconic fedora and cracking that whip anytime soon. That’s because there will only ever be one Indy: Harrison Ford.
At least that’s according to longtime franchise producer Frank Marshall who put a lot of casting rumours around the also-rumoured Indiana Jones 5 to bed when he spoke to Total Film (via Den of Geek), saying that the role of the adventurous archaeologist is a lot different to that of a certain British spy.
“There are a lot of rumours. We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton… We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.”
In other words, the title character will always be Harrison Ford, but he may possibly be handing over the reins of this movie franchise to a different character (okay, so maybe Pratt can get a turn at the whip one day after all). Of course this was already tried with the divisive Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, when Shia LaBeouf was introduced as Indy’s estranged son Mutt. And although the movie went on to gross more than $786 million globally – which immediately prompted the Indiana Jones 5 talk – it was not as favourably received by fans, which threw a huge spanner in the works.
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, the company has been focused almost exclusively on Star Wars, but there’s just no way they will let a lucrative property like Indiana Jones just fade away, especially since Star Wars is about to thrust the Ford back into the public zeitgeist with *cough* some force. And with their star turning 73 this year, it’s understandable that Lucasfilm want to pass on the baton – even in Crystal Skull you could already see that Ford had lost quite a few steps in the action scenes.
For what it’s worth though, both Ford and director Steven Spielberg have recently stated that they’re definitely up for another Indy adventure. Maybe now that George Lucas won’t be around to throw in nuked fridges, CGI groundhogs and interdimensional aliens, it may actually even be great again.
Last Updated: October 28, 2015