Since Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, was released, there have been speculations about Harrison Ford’s Indy being replaced by a younger actor. It seemed inevitable. Ford is turning 74 this July and the actor will likely not be able to keep up with the action sequences required to play Indy.
However, Indy 5 producer Frank Marshall, who received the Producer of the Decade award at CinemaCon, has promised fans that Harrison Ford is the only actor who will play the swashbuckling archaeologist.
During CinemaCon, Marshall explained why this is so (via EW):
Both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones, we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.
Asked about the progress on Indiana Jones 5, which is currently in the pre-production process, Marshall said:
We’re just getting the deal together. It’s going to be two to three years.
As for Ford’s ability to take on the roles, the producer doesn’t seem fazed:
He wasn’t too old for Force Awakens.
Ford also appeared quite excited when he spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about Indiana Jones 5 last month.
It’s worth noting that Marshall did mention the Jason Bourne series. In 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner didn’t actually replace Matt Damon but he was a different version of Jason Bourne. Maybe they’ll do the same with Ford. Whether this happens or not, it’s quite comforting to hear Marshall saying that Ford is the only actor to play Indy. It’s kind of like replacing Han Solo. I couldn’t see any other actor playing the iconic character.
Indiana Jones 5 is slated for release in 2019.