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Harrison Ford Is Coming Back To Do Another 'Indiana Jones' Movie
Seemingly because Harrison Ford's schedule has been cleared of any future Star Wars installments, the 73-year-old actor has signed on to do a fifth Indiana Jones film.On Tuesday, Disney announced that Ford would be reuniting with director Steven Spielberg to bring back the iconic archaeologist who named himself after the family dog. The yet-to-be-titled film is set for release on July 19, 2019.
"Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can't wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in the announcement. "It's rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven." Although producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall were also announced to be returning, George Lucas, who created the franchise, won't be involved, reports Deadline.
The Indiana Jones franchise was acquired by Disney as a part of their $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012.
The last film in the series was 2008's Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which received mixed reviews and an even more tepid response for Shia LaBeouf, who some thought was being groomed for taking over the iconic role. LaBeouf—who has been busy hanging out in elevators in the name of... something—was not mentioned in the announcement.
And while some thought Crystal Skull was so bad that it was practically a death rattle for the series, it's important to remember that it raked in over $786 million in worldwide box office numbers. In total, the four films have brought in over $2 billion, according to Disney.