Disney To Recast 'Indiana Jones,' Bradley Cooper is First Choice
Will Bradley Cooper take over from Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones?
Bradley Cooper heads a list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise, according to the Latino Review - which has had its fair share of accurate scoops recently, including, perhaps crucially, breaking the news that Cooper would voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bradley Cooper Could Become Indiana Jones
According to the site, Disney - which bought LucasFilm for $4.05 billion - is ready to move on Harrison Ford for a younger, fresher lead actor. A fifth Indie movie has been rumored for a while now, though it was always assumed that Harrison Ford would be its star. Disney announced that it had secured the rights to the classic franchise back in December.
"He is Indiana Jones," producer George Lucas said about Ford, "If Indiana Jones wasn't in it, you'd have to call it 'Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis"
Last year - perhaps having heard rumblings of a new movie at Disney - Ford suggested he could still play the lead despite his age, saying, "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass."
According to the Latino Review, the "window" for having Ford reprise his role is closing, "There is a date and if 'Indiana Jones 5' is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100 percent prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy."
Ford last played Indiana in the 2008 movie The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which pulled in a fortune at the box-office. Though the film was critically well-received, it didn't go unnoticed that Ford was beginning to show his age.
Cooper's schedule is pretty open for next couple of years. He is about to begin shooting Clint Eastwood's biopic American Sniper, but after that? Nothing.