Chris Pratt has addressed those long-running rumours regarding him taking on Indiana Jones when Harrison Ford finally retires. 

Chris Pratt has spoken publicly about the long-standing rumours linking him to a revival of the Indiana Jones character once Harrison Ford steps down from the role, presumably with the release of the as-yet untitled Indiana Jones 5, which is due next summer.

The actor is certainly no stranger to being the face of mega-franchises, being front and centre in both the Jurassic World and Guardians Of The Galaxy series, but taking on an existing (and beloved) character portrayed by a screen legend? That he seems less than enthused about. Pratt spoke to Variety about it, stating “no, aren’t they doing Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford? All I know is I once saw a quote from Harrison Ford and I don’t even know if it was really him, but it was enough to scare me, that was like, ‘When I die, Indiana Jones dies.’ And I’m like, am I going to get haunted by the ghost of Harrison Ford one day when he dies if I play…?”

Ford has certainly been forthright about his desire to see the character retire when he lays down the hat and whip. If the tepid fan reaction to Solo, the 2018 Star Wars film that recast another of Ford’s iconic characters is anything to go by, fans are most likely in agreement with him. Any actor tempted to play the adventurous archaeologist will surely find their ambitions tempered by Solo’s failure to ignite any sort of enthusiasm for recasting a beloved character that is uniquely linked to Ford.

Ford’s final turn as Dr Jones was originally set to release this very summer, but has now been pushed back to June 30th, 2023. Indiana Jones 5 will see Harrison Ford reprise the role of Indy for the final time, and has built up quite a cast. Alongside Ford, Antonio Banderas, Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renee Wilson and Thomas Kretschmann are all set to appear. Even more compelling is the fact that this is going to be the first Indiana Jones film that won’t be directed by Steven Spielberg. Instead, James Mangold is taking over the helm.

As usual, very little is known of the actual plot of the new project, outside of the fact that it’s due to be set in the 1960s. We’ll bring you more news on this one as we hear it, but as for actors clamouring to take up the hat and the whip? We’d expect things to be silent on that front for some time to come.

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