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With Star Wars taking a break after The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm is looking to focus on other franchises under its banner like Willow and Indiana Jones. Though we haven’t gotten any significant update on Indy 5, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms that the film is indeed NOT a reboot.
Talking to the BBC at the BAFTAs red carpet, Kennedy had this to say about Indiana Jones 5: “We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go… Harrison Ford will be involved, yeah. It’s not a reboot; it’s a continuation.”
Seeing that The Force Awakens was a reboot/sequel of sorts (technically still a sequel), I have a feeling that this next Indy movie is going to feature a younger cast with Ford somehow passing on the torch. I mean, back in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, everyone was already cracking jokes about how old Indy was; and at 77 years-old, I don’t expect Harrison Ford to remain the lead of this franchise if it wants to go on for a while.
For the sake of continuity, I’d suspect that they keep Shia LaBeouf as Indy’s son, Mutt, but if they want to have someone else be the lead, I think that’s entirely doable. Maybe they can go the same direction as Rey, giving us a protagonist that’s not really related to Indy. A lot of people have wanted Chris Pratt to get cast in this role for a while. You think he’d be up for it eventually?
Indiana Jones 5 is slated for a release on July 9, 2021.