Don’t expect to ever see an Indiana Jones movie that doesn’t star Harrison Ford. Producer Frank Marshall stood firm, insisting that no one but Ford can ever play the character.
While at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where he was named producer of the decade, Marshall gave more details on the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie. Disney announced already that the film will star Ford and will be directed by Steven Spielberg, who helmed the previous four movies in the franchise.
“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,” Marshall told Variety. He was referencing the James Bond franchise, which has seen several actors play 007 over the past five decades. “We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that,” Marshall added.
Marshall also said that Indy 5 will not forget about the events in 2008’s critically panned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Shia LaBeouf isn’t involved at the moment, however, so Marshall and Spielberg will have to figure out how to write-out his character.
In March, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that regular Spielberg collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Crystal Skull) will write Indy 5. The new film is scheduled for July 19, 2019. Ford will be 77 by the time he wears a fedora again.