Everyone has been waiting for the official announcement from Disney ever since they purchased LucasFilm for around $4 billion back in 2012. Now, Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger has confirmed that a fifth Indiana Jones movie is in the works, but the one problem is that it isn’t exactly known when it will be coming.
Well, the other problem is that no one has any idea what it’s going to be about or even who will be in it. Will Harrison Ford even make a cameo in the film?
In an interview with Bloomberg, Iger spoke on a number of topics including ESPN, Disney in China, and the movie division. This is when he let it be known that a fifth Indiana Jones movie is not just on the horizon, but in the works.
Checking out the interview, Iger just casually mentioned it, but it was there. Around the seventh minute of the interview, he’s talking about Disney properties and drops the bombshell.
“…Indiana Jones, by the way, which will be coming.”
It was revealed back in October that a new Indiana Jones film would not recast the title role. According to Den of Geek, producer Frank Marshall said that the famous role would always belong to Harrison Ford.
“We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones.”
That being said, where exactly will the fifth movie in the franchise go? Harrison Ford is currently 73-years-old and he obviously can still go as was shown by him reprising his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Yes, the role of Indiana Jones is much more in-depth since it is a title character and more action-packed, but who knows what Ford is capable of? Still, the movie has yet to begin filming and since they’re not recasting the role, there are a number of options that Disney can do.
Harrison Ford appears as Indiana Jones, but his son takes over
Now, this happened in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull back in 2008 when Shia LaBeouf played the role. Unfortunately, LaBeouf has gone veritably insane and wouldn’t really fit the full-time role as the action hero.
Harrison Ford appears and passes off the torch to a protege
This is the direction that Disney will most likely take. Sure, they could use the storyline of Indy’s son, but bothering to recast him and forget about Crystal Skull may bother some fans. Yes, the movie wasn’t the greatest, but it’s still part of the franchise.
For years, Chris Pratt has been thought to be perfect for the role as the next one in line to take over the historical explorations of Indiana Jones. Not only does he just seem to fit the mold, but he’s become one of the most sought-after actors due to Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.
Harrison Ford stays as Indiana Jones and the movie is simply less action-packed
This could end up being another route that is taken, and it would be to make Indiana Jones 5 (working title) more mystery and National Treasure-ish, and less action movie. Don’t have the actor, if he’s not able to do all of the stunts and action scenes, but still make it a very traditional Indy movie.
Even at 73 or 74, chances are that Harrison Ford can still crack a whip.
Unfortuantely, there is no timetable for when the movie is happening, but maybe Disney will announce more soon.
Indiana Jones 5 is going to happen and that should be enough to get fans excited all on its own. Wondering what Disney has in store for the movie and if Harrison Ford will be in it, well, that brings a whole new level of awesome anticipation to the whole thing.
[Image via LucasFilm]