Harrison Ford will return for the fifth Indiana Jones film, which will be the final one in the series.
The actor was confirmed by Disney last week to be back for one last stint in the iconic role of the super-suave archaeologist, with Indiana Jones 5 scheduled to be released in July 2022.
Lucasfilm is reported to be in the pre-production stage of the film, with James Mangold (Logan) attached as the director rather than Steven Spielberg. The film’s producer, Frank Marshall, has talked openly about how the project would not be happening if Ford had not returned.
“There’s only one Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford,” he told the pop culture website Den of Geek.
The film was originally due to be released back in July 2019. The start of production was again pushed back due to COVID.
The announcement of the return of Ford, who was last seen playing Indy in the 2008 film The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has prompted huge excitement among fans of the franchise. Harrison Ford has said that he wants the film to see the same level of popularity and critical success as the Marvel films, while also providing audiences with something unexpected.
“I don’t really want to give them what they want to see. I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate seeing. I think they’re used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit – I mean certainly the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of success that worked the other way around. They killed it. Well, we’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we’re in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best,” he said.
The first three Indiana Jones films, released between 1980 and 1989, have a legendary status in Hollywood history, with the original trilogy still being hugely popular. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, however, received far more mixed reviews from fans and critics.
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