Rumor of the day: Lucas + Spielberg looking to cast new, younger Indiana Jones

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Mar 26, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT (Updated)

We’ve been wondering what Disney would do with the future rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, and it sounds like those plans might not invoice Harrison Ford. Huh?

Latino Review is reporting that series architects Steven Spielberg and George Lucas might take a James Bond approach to the franchise soon and recast Indy with a younger actor if one more sequel with Ford doesn’t get in front of cameras soon. Considering that Ford is 71 now, as spry as he may be, it makes sense that a younger actor could be on the table.

But the alleged studio sources were quick to note that it won’t really be a “reboot” approach — instead, it’ll be a continuation of the existing franchise with a new actor in the role, just as Hollywood has been doing for decades with James Bond. So, who is on the short list? Bradley Cooper, at least according to this report. Take that, Louis C.K.

Though it’s hard to fathom anyone else donning the hat and whip, it’s not much of a surprise once you consider the effort Disney put into setting up a recent deal to obtain the future rights to any new Indiana Jones films. As they’ve shown with the Marvel purchase, Disney looks at the long game, and it’s only a matter of time until they start capitalizing on Indy — and a younger star just makes sense to kick off a new series.

So who would you like to see in the role? Please, no Shia LaBeouf jokes. We don’t want to nuke the fridge. Again.

(Via Latino Review)