Variety recently attended CinemaCon and found out some interesting information about the upcoming Indiana Jones 5.
In terms of Harrison Ford playing the explorer, and whether or not he’ll ever be replaced, producer Frank Marshall replied: “It’s all about the story. I think both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones, we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.”
Bringing up the Bourne franchise is interesting, because while no one has ever played Jason Bourne except Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner headlined The Bourne Legacy in 2012 as a character similar to Bourne named Aaron Cross.
Comparing Indiana Jones to this rather than Bond (where different actors play the same role) implies that there could be future Indiana Jones movies with a new lead character.
In other news, Marshall also shed some light on the fifth installment, and not every fan is going to be pleased to hear this: the film will be a continuation following 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
This, of course, does not mean it will be the same caliber as Crystal Skull, but fans may find it hard to disassociate feelings for this fifth movie with those of Skull.
(Frankly, I don’t think Skull is any worse than Temple of Doom, but that’s neither here nor there, except to say, similar to Star Trek’s even-numbered success, this franchise seems to do best with its odd-numbered films.)
Indiana Jones 5 is set to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford. Disney has announced its theatrical release as July 19, 2019.
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