Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is part of the studio's plans though stopped short of announcing Harrison Ford as the returning hero, as has been speculated.

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Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie "will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I'm not quite sure. We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it."

Kennedy's statement gives hope to fans who were left disappointed by Disney chairman Alan Horn's remarks last year. "We haven't done anything," he told Variety. "We don't have a story. We need a story."

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The future of the franchise is certainly is good hands with Kennedy - Steven Spielberg's trusted executive producer who worked on all of his projects from 1982 to 2012. 

Still, despite the nostalgic yearnings for Harrison Ford to return as the swashbuckling archaeologist, it's more likely that the studio will go for a younger star to take the franchise forward. Deadline had word back in February that Spielberg was eager to direct Chris Pratt in Indiana Jones 5 and that idea makes sense given the actor's recent rise to fame which includes an upcoming starring role in Jurassic World. 

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Though has added Indiana Jones 5 to Spielberg's forthcoming projects, he's still got numerous movies to finish before then, principally the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG, sci-fi hit Ready Player One and war drama It's What I Do, with Jennifer Lawrence. He recently wrapped the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks. 

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