73-year-old Ford last played the character in 2008, in Spielberg's The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
We’re already looking forward to seeing Harrison Ford return to play Han Solo in JJ Abrams’s forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But now it looks as if the actor could be reprising another of his most famous roles – that of Indiana Jones (also known as the world’s coolest archaeologist).
In an interview with Yahoo movies, Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg joked about how both Tom Hanks (star of Spielberg’s latest movie Bridge of Spies) and Ford have both been in four of his films.
“We’ve gotta figure this out because now Tom is tied with Harrison Ford,” Spielberg said. Harrison and I did four movies, Tom and I have done four movies.”
“Now I’ll probably do an Indy Five with Harrison. It’ll be five for Harrison, four for Tom… [Then] I’ve got to make another one with Tom, so that will be five for Tom, five for Harrison. And I think I’m going to leapfrog that way for the rest of my career. With Daniel Day-Lewis in everything else!”
Back in January, Deadline suggested that Jurassic World star Chris Pratt was in the running to be the new Indiana Jones. But, while Spielberg’s comments were clearly intended to be light hearted, his intention to do an “Indy Five” with Ford seems perfectly genuine, suggesting that Pratt won’t be stepping into the older actor’s shoes just yet.
Earlier this year Ford, who last played Jones in 2008’s Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull, was injured in a plane crash, after being forced to make an emergency landing in the vintage Second World War aircraft he was flying. He also suffered a broken leg on the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire last year.
Despite his making a full recovery in both cases, there has some debate about whether or not the actor, who is 73, is still able to cope with the demands of action-heavy roles.