Way back in January, rumors surfaced that Disney was eyeing Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt to star in Indiana Jones 5, replacing Harrison Ford as the title character. Chris Pratt later revealed he had never heard anything from Disney about this coveted role, but LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy did confirm that Disney does plan on making Indiana Jones 5 some day. During an interview with Den of Geek, producer Frank Marshall clarified that they don't plan on replacing Harrison Ford quite yet, although he did hint that a different character could take over the franchise, some day.
"(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 this 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. The 73-year-old Harrison Ford will next be seen reprising his iconic role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, arriving in theaters December 18.
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. The studio is currently busy launching a new slate of Star Wars movies, so it may be quite some time before Indy comes back to the big screen. Are you glad that Disney doesn't plan on recasting Indiana Jones?