Somewhere in Hollywood, Harrison Ford is dusting off a brown fedora and gearing up for an adventure.
Steven Spielberg announced plans to direct a fifth installment of “Indiana Jones” starring Ford as the swashbuckling archeologist with a penchant for beating Nazis and getting in trouble that is slated to hit theaters July 19, 2019, 38 years after the premier or “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” Disney chairman Alan Horn said in a statement. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly a few months ago, Ford discussed the iconic role that, in addition to Hans Solo, made him a household name for decades. “I must say that I think the luck of my career is that, between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones,’ I had the opportunity to bank a bunch of films that are reintroduced to succeeding generations, which basically have kept me… at least they’ve kept [audiences] acquainted with me,” Ford said. “And that’s been good for me.”
Turns out, Ford has had Indy on his mind for a while now. He was pretty excited when asked if he wanted to reprise his old role, “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” he said. “You know, an audience being there that has enjoyed the films, a character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
What’s not to like, indeed. Welcome back, Indy. You’ve been missed!