Harrison Ford set to star in a fifth Indiana Jones film

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 09:15
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Ford expected to adorn the fedora and whip as the adventurous archaeologist

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed series is being brought back to the big screen and the 72-year-old actor would be expected to reprise his role as the daredevil archaeologist now he has wrapped shooting Star Wars: The Force Awakens - in which he returns as Han Solo.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said: "A new Indiana Jones movie will one day be made inside this company. We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it."

The announcement comes three years after Disney paid £3 billion for Lucasfilm - originally created by George Lucas - and with that the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

The Indiana Jones franchise, created by Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark and was followed by three more movies about the whip-wielding archaeologist.

The films earned a combined £1.32 billion at the box office worldwide.

While Harrison is set to appear in the new film, it's unlikely it will be as the lead character, as in January, Chris Pratt was being eyed to be the main star.

In fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Shia LaBeouf played Indy's son Henry 'Mutt Williams' Jones III and the plan at the time was for that character to become the lead star of the franchise.