Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just under two months away. And one thing fans are certainly excited to see is the return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo. But the actor may be more enthusiastic about the return of a very different, albeit somewhat similar iconic character. Over the years, Ford has made no qualms about calling Indiana Jones his favorite. And while he liked stepping back into the big black space boots of pirate Han Solo, he'd love to return as the famed archeologist Dr. Henry Jones Jr. Here's what he had to say about Indiana Jones 5 to EW in terms of reprising the role.
"Oh, yeah. Yeah, I'd love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director - what's not to like?"
Over the course of this past year, we've heard that Indiana Jones 5 might be a true reboot with Chris Pratt targeted as a younger version of the archeologist. But back in October, producer Frank Marshall clarified that Harrison Ford was not being replaced. Speaking with Den of Geek, he had this to say about the idea of a reboot.
"(We're) not doing the Bond thing where we're going to call somebody else Indiana Jones. We have to figure this out. There are a lot of rumors. 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."
Earlier that month, director Steven Spielberg said he wants to make Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford. But it's still unclear when that might actually happen. There was a rumor that Disney is planning a 2018 release date for Indiana Jones 5, but that rumor was also shot down by Frank Marshall. As of now, LucasFilm is intent on getting it's Star Wars franchise back up and running before embarking on another Indy adventure.
Ironically, James Bond was a heavy influence on the creation of Indiana Jones, which lead to former 007 Sean Connery being cast as Indy's father in 1989's Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. Fans last saw Indy in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which earned $786 million worldwide at the box office. Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent also starred in the action-adventure. Disney acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise back in December 2013, leading to much speculation about the future of this series. Are you glad that Harrison Ford is excited to return as Indiana Jones? Or is he just too damn old?