Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jonathan Kasdan will reportedly continue his professional partnership with Lucasfilm with the long-awaited Indiana Jones 5.
Fresh off Solo: A Star Wars Story, Collider reports Kasdan has signed on to write the fifth Indiana Jones film for director Steven Spielberg. Kasdan replaces returning screenwriter David Koepp, who joined the sequel in March 2016. Kasdan is the son of Lawrence Kasdan, a Star Wars veteran who also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark.
As pre-production ramps up ahead of the planned start of principal photography in April 2019, details of Kasdan's involvement are still under wraps. It's unclear whether Kasdan has been hired to write the script from scratch or to polish a draft by Koepp, a longtime Spielberg collaborator who wrote 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and 1993's Jurassic Park.
After years of speculation, Disney officially announced plans for a fifth Indiana Jones film in 2016, with Spielberg and Harrison Ford confirmed to return to the iconic action-adventure franchise as the director and star. Joining them are returning producer Frank Marshall and composer John Williams. Filming for the long-awaited sequel is scheduled to begin in April 2019, with an expected release date of July 10, 2020.