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Frank Marshall says there are no plans – and never were – to replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

April 8th, 2023 by Marc Comments

After the new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny dropped yesterday, I’m sure many of you guys, just like me, were blown away at hos great the CGI Indy was, the de-aged Harrison Ford and it would be odd if we didn’t at least ponder, what does this mean for the future of Indy?

We all know that Harrison Ford is still in better shape than many of us half his age but at 80 years old, he has officially thrown in the towel and retired as the world’s greatest archaeologist (here), so what next?

Well, personally, I would love to see Ke Huy Quan return as Short Round from Temple of Doom, especially after his amazing turn in Everything, Everywhere All At Once but we’re not sure that’ll happen and even if it does, it still leaves room for more of Mr Jones himself.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023: Final trailer and poster for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The other two options are, should the series keep going, to have a digital Indy as we see in the new trailer, or to recast – remember the Chris Pratt rumours? – after all, Bob Iger himself said in 2016 that they do intend on recasting (here); but now producer Frank Marshall has taken to Twitter to say that there was never a plan to reboot Indiana and there never will be: “No one is ‘taking over’ or replacing Indy or donning his hat nor is he being ‘erased’ thru some contrivance, and he never was, not in any cut or script,”

This is reassuring to hear as, unlike playing a comic character or someone from a novel, Indy is Ford and no-one else can step into that gig; sadly, if it stays that way, it means there’ll never be more Indiana Jones movies… but sometimes it’s ok to just let things end.

What say you all? Would you be happy to finally see his adventures end on this outing? Would you like to see him recast or perhaps become a CGI character? Let me know all your thoughts…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….