Rumor: Disney Might Hand Off 'Indiana Jones' to a New Actor, 007-Style

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Rumor: Disney Might Hand Off 'Indiana Jones' to a New Actor, 007-Style

As Indy himself will tell you, it's not the years, it's the mileage.

According to a new rumor, Disney might be looking to find an actor with less mileage to take over the role of Indiana Jones from Harrison Ford in a fifth Indiana Jones adventure.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, all eyes went to Star Wars, but it wasn't long before the House of Mickey was negotiating with Paramount, which distributed all four previous Indy movies, as to future films in the franchise.  Last year, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn clarified that Henry Jones Jr. isn't likely to ride again until two to three years from now, saying, “We don’t have a story.  We need a story.”

In two to three years, Ford will be 75 or 76 years old.  Again, it's not the years, but the mileage of those years might be a bit much for a globe-trotting adventurer, expert on the occult, and finder of lost antiquities.

Jones is a durable, archetypal character modeled on the swashbuckling heroes of 1930s and '40s serials.  As such, he could conceivably survive a transition to a new actor.  It's worked for James Bond over the last half-century, and with reboots now being the norm, audiences might be less inclined to reject an Indy not played by the actor who first brought him to perfectly to life in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

That's the rumor Latino Review is reporting.  According to LR's anonymous sources, Disney is keen to make Indiana Jones 5 with Ford, but if that doesn't happen by a certain mysterious date, then the studio will move along to an actor who could star as Jones in a new trilogy.

The actor at the top of the hypothetical wish list?  Bradley Cooper.

Keep in mind that no offer has gone out and no discussions have taken place with the American Hustle star and Guardians of the Galaxy voice, he's just a name that's rumored to have been bandied about regarding this theoretical switch.

Would Steven Spielberg direct an Indy sequel without Ford?  Who knows?  Hard to imagine an Indy movie without Spielberg's rare command of geography, set-up, and payoff.

According to this rumor, though, none other than Frank Darabont might take a crack at writing a fifth Indiana Jones.  Darabont – writer and director of The Shawshank Redemption – famously wrote an early draft of what eventually became Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Though his work was lauded by both Spielberg and Ford, it was dismissed outright by George LucasAudiences instead ended up with the lumbering shamblefest that hit theaters in 2008.

That sequel set up a potential franchise hand-off, introducing Indy's long-lost son Mutt, played by Shia LaBeoufThe response to Crystal Skull overall and Mutt specifically ensured that such a hand-off wouldn't happen, however.

This is pure, uncorroborated rumor for the time being, but you can bet your ass that Disney isn't going to let a property as recognizable and beloved as this one lie fallow for long.  The 007 approach makes a lot of sense, but given just how completely Harrison Ford's unique charm defines Indy, recasting the role would be as delicate and precise an operation as snagging a booby-trapped fertility idol:

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