Could someone else ever play Indiana Jones once Harrison Ford hangs up the bullwhip? Not if Steven Spielberg has anything to say about it.
Rumors have been flying about the future of Indiana Jones for a while now. Although Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have both indicated their interest in doing a fifth movie, there have also been theories that a younger actor like Chris Pratt could take over the role and reboot the franchise.
But Spielberg doesn't see that happening. Speaking with Screen Daily, he said:
"I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that’s Harrison Ford."
While Spielberg's word certainly carries a lot of clout (and Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall agrees with him), ultimately that decision comes down to Disney, which now owns Lucasfilm and the Indiana Jones brand. Would the company be happy with one more film from Spielberg and Ford, or would the corporate mandate for exploiting profitable properties eventually lead to a new filmmaker and star relaunching the franchise?
It's hard to say at this point. especially since any proposed Indiana Jones 5 is nowhere near production yet, but I have to say I'm with Spielberg on this one. Perhaps more than any other character -- James Bond, Batman, Spider-Man, take your pick -- there is truly only one Indiana Jones. What do you think?
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