The Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises are among some of the most beloved franchises in cinema history, and Harrison Ford has now revealed why he finds both series very special. The legendary actor got his first big break in Hollywood by playing the scoundrel Han Solo in George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy in the '70s and '80s, and then he continued his blockbuster streak by playing Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., aka Indiana Jones, in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy throughout the rest of the '80s.
Ford ended up reprising his role as Dr. Jones in Spielberg's critically maligned follow-up, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, back in 2008. Although the film couldn't live up to the expectations of longtime fans, it was successful enough to convince Ford to return to the role once again. Spielberg and Ford will soon reunite for the long-awaited Indiana Jones 5. The film was originally scheduled to release in summer of 2019 but has since been pushed back to July 2020. Of course, this will mark the actor's fifth time playing the famed archaeologist, and he explains why he's excited to play the character again.
Ford has been busy promoting the release of Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner: 2049, and in an interview with BUILD Series, the actor explained why he's excited to play Indy one more time and what makes the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises different and special.
"[Blade Runner: 2049] is an adult adventure; Indiana Jones are family kind of films, and one of the great opportunities of my life is that Indiana Jones, Star Wars, stuff like that, gets passed on generationally. And so seeing that - having your father say, 'Come on, let's go see this,' or your mom say... that's very special. And having new generations come along and it's reintroduced again, it's incredible."
Star Wars and Indiana Jones are two of the biggest and most well-known franchises in cinema history, and it's certainly true that the movies have been viewed by multiple generations over the years, especially with regard to the galaxy far, far away. Considering the Star Wars franchise consists of three main trilogies that have released over the course of 40-plus years, Lucasfilm's new chapters can be watched by families that span two or three generations, with adults who saw the original films in theaters now being able to watch the new films with their children or grandchildren.
Unfortunately, Ford can no longer return to the Star Wars franchise following the events of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. However, that doesn't preclude him from reprising his other iconic roles, such as playing Rick Deckard in Villeneuve's upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner: 2049, as well as Indy in Spielberg's highly anticipated Indiana Jones 5.
Source: BUILD Series
- Indiana Jones 5 (2021) release date: Jul 09, 2021