I think it’s safe to say at this point that Chris Pratt is the American Benedict Cumberbatch. How else do you explain the actor now being eyed for a lead role in a third, huge geek-friendly franchise? Pratt, known the world over as Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star-Lord, will also star in Jurassic World later this year and currently plays the brilliantly ridiculous Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. And now, according to Deadline, Pratt is being eyed by Disney to play the world’s greatest archaeologist/professor/adventurer/Naaaazzzy killer, Indiana Jones, for its upcoming reboot.
After acquiring the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise from Paramount in 2013, following its purchase of Lucasfilm from George himself, Disney has been looking to make that the new wing of its domination of all things nostalgic. It already (quite successfully) picked up Marvel many years back, and anticipation for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars continuation is so high it’s close to Yavin 4 at this point. Disney and Indy already have a working relationship, given the adventure ride and stunt spectacular at its theme parks, which have also long had Star Tours. Perhaps a new Indiana Jones will reinvigorate interest following the, let’s face it, pretty dismal fourth film in 2008.
If Pratt is cast, and it’s very preliminary at this point, then he would bring a definite vulnerability to the role that certainly wasn’t present in Harrison Ford’s version of the character. The one worry I’d have is, what made the first three Indy films so much fun was the fact that the character of Indiana Jones is kind of an a-hole, and also a murderer. (Of evil people, though, so it was okay.) He was like a 1940s, American James Bond. Softening that for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a mistake, and one I hope they remedy if Pratt takes over.
What do you think of this news? Does Pratt have what it takes to play Henry Jones, Jr. or should Disney go find someone less Star-Lordy? Let us know in the comments below!