Back in December, we learned that Disney had followed up their Lucasfilm acquisition by fully acquiring the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise from Paramount. At the time, they made no mention of what they might be planning to do with that franchise, but it seemed unlikely that they would pay for the rights just to let them sit there. The problem, however, is that Harrison Ford is not getting any younger. We have to assume that at some point he will pass the torch to someone else, and based on the fan reaction to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it probably won’t be Shia LaBeouf. Now a new report is claiming that they will go the James Bond route with Indy, eventually allowing different actors to don the whip and fedora. Currently topping the list of possible replacements is none other than Bradley Cooper.
According to Latino Review, Disney is currently looking to do at least one more Indiana Jones movie with Harrison Ford, but if that doesn’t happen by a certain date, they will simply recast him with a younger actor and start a brand new trilogy. They are comparing it to the evolution of the James Bond franchise in the sense that it won’t be a reboot, but simply another actor taking on the role and continuing the adventure. Although they are looking at several possibilities, Bradley Cooper is said to be their top choice to play the new Indy.
While it might be hard to imagine anyone else playing Indiana Jones, the serialized nature of his adventures do lend themselves well to seeing different incarnations of the character. After all, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles had Sean Patrick Flanery in the lead role and River Phoenix also played a young Indy in The Last Crusade. Although I’m not crazy about Bradley Cooper, he does have a bit of a resemblance to Harrison Ford and he can handle comedy fairly well.
Either way, I think fans will at least appreciate the fact that this isn’t a reboot (unless they decide to make it one anyway, which might still happen). They are also reporting that Frank Darabont pitched an idea for the next film, which could be interesting. Would you watch an Indiana Jones movie with a different actor in the lead role? Is Bradley Cooper the right choice to take over the franchise?