While the Star Wars franchise is the crown jewel of Lucasfilm, their Indiana Jones property is just as popular and influential as the galaxy far, far away. The four installments in the action/adventure series released to date have grossed nearly $2 billion collectively at the worldwide box office and gave audiences one of the all-time cinematic heroes. It's no surprise that the studio is moving forward on the currently untitled Indiana Jones 5, which will once again see star Harrison Ford team up with director Steven Spielberg.
In today's Hollywood, planning out franchises longterm is the norm, scheduling sequels years in advance. For Indiana Jones, that might be a problem, since Ford will be 77 by the time the fifth film reaches theaters. The obvious solution there is to introduce a younger archeologist who works with Dr. Jones and pass the brand off to him/her for the future. The plot of Indiana Jones 5 is still a mystery, so there's a possibility this could happen. Should that be the case, one person is already expressing interest in taking over in a reboot: Megan Fox.
While speaking with Game Spot, Fox discussed characters she would enjoy playing on the big screen. Her first choice, Tomb Raider's Lara Croft, is off the board now that Oscar winner Alicia Vikander signed on. So instead, Fox turned her attention to the role made famous by Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark:
"I'd go with Indiana Jones, since I always loved how fun and free-spirited Indiana is. He's an adventurous rogue archaeologist who barely escapes death chasing down treasures among the earth's most mysterious sites. What's not to love?"
Fans should not take this as an indication of Lucasfilm moving ahead on a hard relaunch of the Indiana Jones franchise. This is merely Fox expressing a wish of hers, and nothing more. Indy producer Frank Marshall has repeatedly said they have no intentions of recasting the part, feeling that Dr. Jones is so iconic only Ford can play him. That's a sentiment shared by many viewers and few (if any) would like to see another actor don the fedora. Moviegoers are going to have enough trouble getting used to the sight of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Star Wars anthology movie. It's probably for the best if Lucasfilm leaves one of Ford's classic roles untouched.
Even if Disney hits the reset button on Indiana Jones one day, it's unlikely they target Fox for the lead role. Though she is a veteran of blockbuster tentpoles with parts in the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, Fox hasn't exactly earned high praise for her acting chops. Selling audiences on a new Indiana Jones would be a daunting task. It'd be a necessity to get someone who boasts a likable screen presence and the natural charisma that defines the character. Many would be in agreement that there are more suitable candidates who fit that bill than Fox. It would be amusing if someone like Daisy Ridley took over, echoing Ford's career journey from the Millennium Falcon to searching for artifacts.
Still, this is all hypothetical. Indiana Jones 5 won't premiere until 2019, meaning that Ford's tenure has plenty of time remaining. And if Marshall and Spielberg remain committed to their "no recasts" stance, the franchise may come to an end (for real, this time) when the credits roll. It's noteworthy that Lucasfilm has only scheduled one Indiana Jones film, a stark contrast from the slew of Star Wars projects they have in the pipeline. They may view Indy 5 more as a one-off than the dawn of a new era. Time will tell of course, but for now, there's just one Dr. Jones.
Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters July 19, 2019.
Source: Game Spot