Harrison Ford to play Indiana Jones at 70

By Alexandra Heilbron on December 1, 2011 | 15 Comments

Steven Spielberg has revealed to Empire magazine that a fifth Indiana Jones is in the works, with series creator George Lucas currently at work on the story.  Meanwhile, Harrison Ford, 69, confirms he’s interested in reprising the title role. He first portrayed Indiana Jones at age 39 in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was followed by the 1984 sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Ford, who last played the iconic character in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will be 70 when filming commences late next year. He told Extra TV: “I have strong ambition to do it while I’m still alive. I’m available, I’m not cheap, but I’m available!”

Comments & Discussion

  1. Scott • December 1, 2011 @ 12:04 AM

    If this next film doesn’t hearken back to “Raiders” or “Last Crusade” I will have lost all faith in this franchise. “Crystal Skull” almost did me in with its horrible CGI, cheesey Tarzan monkey swinging and godawful aliens, but if Harrison’s got one left in him and they do it right this time, it could be the best thing ever.

  2. Nobody Important • December 1, 2011 @ 1:36 AM

    The last Indiana was simply atrocious. Spielberg, and Lucas need a strong dose of CGI rehab before they destroy more of my childhood favorites.

  3. airdave • December 1, 2011 @ 9:53 AM

    Indi’s kid (Shia lovesBeef) better die at the hands of the Nazis, so Indi can look up at the skies and scream “Kaaaaaaaaaaaaahnaaaaaaaaazis!” and the exact his revenge on the Third Reich. Now that would be a great film. And if Doc Emmett Brown makes an appearance?…even better!

  4. David • December 1, 2011 @ 10:02 AM

    I heard that Harrison is going to take steroids so that he can look good in the shirtless scenes.

  5. Wendy • December 1, 2011 @ 3:53 PM

    Doesn’t it break your heart from someone who “had it” does not anymore and isn’t aware it is time to hang-em-up for such type movies.

  6. Mike • December 1, 2011 @ 5:19 PM

    Sorry Wendy your all wrong. Harrison is still one of the most interesting leading guys out there. Plus the character is so interesting and in demand the public doesn’t want to let him go.

    Sign me up for #5!

  7. Germain • December 1, 2011 @ 8:34 PM

    Indiana Jones, Riders of the Lost Walker.

  8. Terry • December 1, 2011 @ 8:47 PM

    Wonder if they’ll do another sequel when he’s 80?

  9. Neil • December 2, 2011 @ 7:20 AM

    If it doesn’t have Shia Labeouf in it the next movie will be better than the last.

  10. Chris • December 2, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

    Bring on 5… end it with 6!
    Indiana deserves a proper trilogy that leads to him hanging up the whip and hat. Make it worthy stories that will end it and no passing on the hat.

  11. Dreg • December 2, 2011 @ 4:35 PM

    I applaud him truly I do, If he can do it then why not? No one and I mean No one can replace him as this character and it wouldn’t be Indiana Jones with out Harrison Ford.
    I unlike others did enjoy Crystal Skull, I thought it was a fantastic fun movie. My only complaint about it was I wish he said at some point “I’m getting too old for this”
    which I think would have been a great line and would have gotten a great reaction from the viewers.
    But I do agree the series should end at some point where
    Indy retires or he gets killed off, but not by some random thug. I think it should happen in the climatic final scenes were he sacrifices himself to save the world from some other worldly power. A true Movie heroes death.
    and If killing him off is too much you could allude to the fact that he is not actually dead but trapped in some void or other plane of existence or suspended animation type of thing.

  12. Marky-Mark • December 2, 2011 @ 4:40 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing an indi 5. I do want to see a grown up Short-round though. Maybe he can bitch-slap Shia’s character out of the film

  13. Judy • December 2, 2011 @ 4:53 PM

    Can’t wait!!! No one else could or should ever play the part. The Crystal Skull wasn’t my fav but it was ok considering the whole alien thing. They need to go back to the basics and when he can’t do anymore sequels they need to kill him off so no one ruins the role.

  14. SoeySoSo • December 2, 2011 @ 5:56 PM

    Harrison Ford, YES!!!
    George Lucas, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    George Lucas has ruined both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchises. Even though he’s their creator, once when he started fiddling around he completely messed them up. Stupid story lines, wooden and forgettable characters, and totally lame action.

    Films are pieces of art and should not be altered once they are completed and released in the public domain. And set canon should not be altered either. So in the case of Indiana Jones, he’s to live to be at least 100 years old when taking the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as canon.

  15. Cam • December 3, 2011 @ 10:07 PM

    In Crystal Skull they were not Aliens,they were actually Inter-dimensional beings.Just being correct and Shia Labouf as a person to pass the legacy on to,is yet to be seen.

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