Harrison Ford revealed an important update about the upcoming reboot of his hit franchise ‘Indiana Jones.’ According to Ford, the long-awaited Steven Spielberg flick “should be starting to shoot sometime next week,” reports Variety. “I’m looking forward to it,” the actor is quoted as saying in the report. “Things are coming along well.” Ford shared his thought on the fifth installment of ‘Indiana Jones‘ film series when the actor appeared for the premiere of ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2‘ at Westwood’s Fox Theater on Sunday.
While Lucasfilms’ another flagship franchise ‘Star Wars‘ slowly picks up pace, there was a void of updates about the next flick of ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise. The movie has long been trapped in development hell with numerous delays and setbacks. Lucasfilms’ parent company Disney pushed back the movie for a summer 2021 release earlier. The new release date indicates that there is enough time for Spielberg and Ford to assemble their crew and start filming. Yet, Ford’s revelation came out as a surprise for the fans of ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise.
Though there were reports that Ford would be replaced by a young actor like Chris Pine, the veteran debunked them while talking in a recent episode of ‘Today Show.’ “Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones,” Ford answered a question about his rumored replacement in the movie. “Don’t you get it? I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy.”
He also shot a gag at Pine saying, “This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine this. I’m sorry, man.”
The 76-year-old actor first played the role of the daredevil archaeologist Indian Jones in the 1981 movie ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark‘ directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie went on to become a massive hit and the success spawned three more films. A prequel, ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,’ was released in 1984. It was followed by a sequel ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade‘ in 1989. Ford returned with his iconic role after a long break of 20 years with the fourth film, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull‘ in 2008. Indy’s love interest, Marion Ravenwood (played by Karen Allen) also made her return with the fourth movie.
In Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ Indy has discovered that he had a son (played by Shia LaBeouf) with Marion. Fans expect the son will take over the franchise in the upcoming movies. But Ford has made it clear that he will continue as the central pillar of the franchise.
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