Bradley Cooper for 'Indiana Jones' rumours are 'ridiculous', says producer

Frank Marshall quashes reports that part could be recast

Reports that Bradley Cooper could replace Harrison Ford as the lead of Indiana Jones are "ridiculous", according to the film's producer.

It was reported earlier this week by Latino Review that The Hangover and American Hustle actor Cooper was being lined up by studio Disney to take over from Ford as the face of the franchise, as part of a plan to adopt a similar strategy to the James Bond movies and constantly recast the lead role.

However, writing on Twitter, producer Frank Marshall said: "Due to the ridiculous rumors that keep popping up, like agents' pipe dreams, I will stop commenting on our projects until I have real news." In a later message, he sarcastically added: "I can only confirm that Katy Perry will NOT be the new Indiana Jones."

In December last year, Disney said that they had no plans to make a new Indiana Jones film for at least two or three years, with studio chairman Alan Horn stating: "We haven't done anything. We don't have a story. We need a story."

Previously, meanwhile, Harrison Ford said he was eager to see a new film in the series happen. He reprised his role as the archaeologist in 2008's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, joined by Shia LaBeouf as his son Mutt. The film, which revived the action franchise after nearly two decades, was a big hit at the box office, grossing over $780 million (£510 million) worldwide.

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