If you weren’t convinced by producer Frank Marshall’s steadfast insistence that Lucasfilm won’t recast the role of Indiana Jones, maybe Steven Spielberg can settle the matter.
“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,” the legendary filmmaker tells Screen International. “There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”
That’s obviously great news for fans of Ford and the “Indiana Jones” franchise, if not necessarily those of Chris Pratt, who earlier this year was heavily rumored to be eyed for the role. It also seems unlikely that Ford’s aging archaeologist-adventurer might hand off the whip and fedora to a younger successor, because what’s an “Indiana Jones” movie without Indiana Jones? (Sorry, Shia LaBeouf.)
Spielberg, who just two months ago joked that he’d probably do a fifth “Indiana Jones” film with Ford, also addresses why he would want to return to the franchise following the criticism levied at 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
“Because there are more adventures out there than films,” he says. “So as long as there’s more adventures out there, I’ve got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done.”
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