Yes, apparently, there’s still going to be an Indiana Jones 5 film. And while facts about the film are scarce, one thing has come to light – there will be no appearance from Shia LaBeouf a.k.a. Mutt Williams a.k.a. Henry Jones III a.k.a. Indiana Jones’ surprise son from 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Screenwriter David Koepp, who has penned the script for Indiana Jones 5, gave away the barest amount of details: “Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say. And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
Well, Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones is certainly a shocker. The wait for these juicy facts has certainly been worth it.
And Shia LaBeouf not appearing in the film is hardly a surprise, given the last Indiana Jones movie came before his big celebrity breakdown, and it wasn’t a great performance then, so it’s probably not worth the risk.
The confirmation of Ford’s appearance comes after wide speculation that he would eventually abdicate the throne of the globetrotting adventurer to a younger actor. And while Kingdom of the Crystal Skull teased LaBeouf’s character taking the mantel, as the iconic sable fedora landed at his feet, it seems that Koepp has no intention of making this a reality. A fact we thank him for.
Original creator Steven Spielberg, Koepp has said, is largely satisfied with the current version of the screenplay, and production could begin in the near future. ‘Could’ being the operative word, let’s not get our hopes up just yet.
“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” Koepp continued, “I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post […] If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”
He also teased that, shockingly, the film will revolve around ‘some precious artefact that they’re all looking for’ – unlike any Indiana Jones film we’ve seen before. You know, if it ain’t broke.
So, basically, there’s almost no new information about Indiana Jones 5 – other than the fact Shia LaBeouf won’t be in it.