The master rumor mavens over at Latino Review have dropped another doozy of a rumor today, and one that really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. According to their latest report, Disney/Lucasfilm is looking to go the James Bond route and recast Indiana Jones for an all new trilogy. There is still a small possibility that Harrison Ford could return, but the window for him playing Dr. Jones again is getting smaller and smaller with each day. Disney/Lucasfilm are said to be looking at tons of actors, and while the report stresses that no deals have been made to anyone, one of the actors at the top of the list is said to be Bradley Cooper. Cooper is one of the biggest male stars in Hollywood right now without a major franchise (and Rocket Raccoon doesn’t count…yet) and he could do the part justice. There could be worse choices, although an unknown shouldn’t be ruled out.
While I am usually against rebooting franchises just for the sake of doing it, in my opinion, Indiana Jones is long overdue for a reboot. Or, should I say, a simple recasting (and definitely not a remake of an existing film; I think anyone who attempts to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark who aren’t a group of little kids deserve to fail.) Indy was conceived by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as the American James Bond, and 007 has been played by six actors now over the course of fifty years. If Kingdom of the Crystal Skull taught us anything, it’s that we don’t wanna see a geriatric Dr. Jones swinging on vines and jumping off trucks in his sixties. He should always be a young man, and it should always be roughly 1930/1940-something. Maybe Harrison Ford could appear in some kind of framing sequence, but as far as I’m concerned, that should be it. It’s time this generation had their own version of the estimable Dr. Henry Jones Jr. to call its own.