'We're not doing the Bond thing where we're going to call someone else Indiana Jones,' says producer
Frank Marshall, producer of all four Indiana Jones movies, has ruled out recasting Harrison Ford for the planned fifth instalment.
In May of this year Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that a fifth film is in the works, though she cautioned that “we haven’t started working on a script yet”. It had been reported several months previously that Disney and Lucasfilm had Chris Pratt in mind to lead a franchise reboot, and Pratt later said that starring as Indiana Jones would be an “awesome opportunity”.
However, Marshall has now clarified that Pratt or any other actor would not take over Ford’s role, suggesting that the new movie could revolve around a new character possibly joining forces with Indiana Jones.
Discussing the status of the new movie with Total Film, Marshall said: “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”.
He then added that he and the franchise’s creative team are “not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out”.
Harrison Ford last played the ass-kicking 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.
Speaking in 2013, Ford insisted that he could still star in another Indiana Jones film despite his advancing years. Bradley Cooper was linked to the franchise last year (2014) but producer Frank Marshall quickly branded the rumours “ridiculous”.