Steven Spielberg Wants Chris Pratt As Indiana Jones

Steven Spielberg wants to return to the world of Indiana Jones, and he wants to bring Chris Pratt along for the ride.

Deadline is reporting that if a script comes to Spielberg’s satisfaction, he would like to direct the next Indiana Jones installment with Chris Pratt as the adventuring archaeologist. In the past, Spielberg has directed all four of the previous Indiana Jones films, with Harrison Ford in the starring role. It comes to a delightful surprise to some fans that someone as charismatic as Pratt may one day step into the shoes left by Ford, and those are big shoes to fill.

The next installment of the action-adventure films have barely reached pre-production yet, and it still isn’t clear that Spielberg will, in fact, return as director, nor is it clear that Pratt is even in negotiations with a studio about taking on the role. Being the leading man in a Marvel film has brought Pratt a lot of popularity very quickly, and his newest film, Jurassic World, will be hitting theaters on June 12. Before being cast as Peter Quill A.K.A. Star-Lord in Marvel’s smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt was most well-known for his role as Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

When TMZ caught up with Pratt as he came back from a hunting trip, they asked about whether or not the actor has been in any talks about the new Indy film.

“I do… No. That’s the problem… I don’t know, I might be, I just got back from the woods killing a bunch of stuff.”

Along with Pratt, Robert Pattinson and Bradley Cooper have been linked to the possibility of playing Indy in the next film, but Disney is reportedly looking for a long term option since Harrison Ford has been busy on the set of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

“Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise. They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies,” a source told Showbizspy.

Since Pratt has two more films to do with Marvel as Star-Lord, how likely is it that he will be chosen to be Indiana Jones, and will the fans accept him in that role? It’s hard to say, with everything being speculation at this point in time, but it will be great to see Spielberg back at the helm for another Indy film, as long as it’s not anything like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Still, any actor that gets to work with Spielberg, a man who has been thanked more than God at the Oscars, is a lucky actor indeed.

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