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Rumor: Bradley Cooper Eyed To Lead 'Indiana Jones' Reboot

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 25, 2014 11:56 PM
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The last word we heard on "Indiana Jones 5" wasn't so good, at least for those hoping Disney would crack the whip on a sequel sooner rather than later. In December, studio chairman Alan Horn said quite plainly, "We haven’t done anything. We don’t have a story. We need a story.” But if these latest rumors are right, between then and now, something has changed.

According to Latino Review, time is running through the hourglass in terms of getting the 71 year-old Harrison Ford to reprise his role one more time in another Indy adventure. And given that he's widely expected to have some kind of role in "Star Wars: Episode VII," it'll probably make things even more challenging to get him to take a prominent, ass-kicking role in "Indiana Jones 5" without herniating a disc (or his entire body) further down the line. (And it's a role that the usually fussy and cantankerous Ford has said he'll gladly do again). So, how do you keep a lucrative property alive? Reboot.

And according to this new rumor, Bradley Cooper is on a studio list somewhere (with other names too) as a potential dude to take the whip and make the part his own (possibly for a new trilogy) as a younger iteration of the character, if the timing for Ford can't be arranged. (Latino Review also suggests that the actor could be switched out eternally like the James Bond franchise). 

Of course, as Alan Horn said, Disney might not even have a story at this point, though Frank Darabont has apparently pitched an idea. At any rate, it seems any talk of an Indiana Jones movie is still super early. However, it is a very valuable brand and one Disney won't be sitting on idly for too long, so it's not a shock that plans are formulating at the mouse house.

So don't freak too hard, and consider it as a mere possibility at this point, but it's one that's still fun to speculate about. Who would you have take over the role of Indiana Jones?

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  • Joe | March 27, 2014 4:33 PMReply

    IF they choose to either replace Ford, or as I suspect, one day transition a new actor to take the role through flashbacks, I would love if they chose Matt Davis of Vampire Diaries. He looks a LOT like Ford and even shares his mannerisms. He is also a great actor.

  • Jonese | March 26, 2014 5:17 PMReply

    I've been a fan of the original trilogy and do not think that it should be rebooted in anyway shape or form! However if it has to be, then I say let Sean Patrick Flannery do it because he is the obvious choice!

  • grant | March 26, 2014 6:18 PM

    It's not happening, Sean. Still love ya, tho...

  • ed | March 26, 2014 6:16 PM

    Dude, we heard the first three times.

  • hank | March 26, 2014 1:51 PMReply

    if there's anyone gonna take over this role from harrison ford then it should be anyone.

  • Michael | March 26, 2014 1:49 PMReply

    Harrison Ford said it himself he wants to play Indiana Jones again so why is this even being mentioned.

  • josie | March 26, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    NNnnnnnnnnoooOOOOOO!!!! If they are remaking the iconic hero should be an actor who plays more serious rolls, not a partier. It's hard for audience to separate the actors from their previous rolls. I vote Garret Hedlund. All the way.

  • Walker | March 26, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Jon Hamm in the lead role. You know it's a good idea.

  • AnF | March 26, 2014 12:44 PMReply

    Dave Annable would be a great next generation Indiana Jones

  • Alex | March 26, 2014 12:01 PMReply

    If anyone takes over that role it should be Nathan Fillion.. He would be a perfect fit to carry it forward..

  • Brian | March 26, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! That's like saying someone else will play Luke Skywalker or Rocky Balboa or Snake Plissken. Indiana Jones isn't like James Bond. And if ANYONE is gonna take over, why not Sean Patrick Flanery, the man who played Young Indiana Jones. He keeps in great shape and all those clips from the TV show can be used for flashbacks as well as think of the resurgence in the interest of the TV Show. Plus you'll get Sean for less money. It's like printing money, people!

  • Harrison Ford | March 26, 2014 11:40 AMReply

    Bradley Cooper as Indian Jones will be my suicide note.

  • Marko | March 26, 2014 11:31 AMReply

    I saw this story elsewhere and so when I saw the phrase "We don’t have a story. We need a story." in this article, I thought you were talking about the folks at Latino Review.

  • Wesley Johnson | March 26, 2014 10:40 AMReply

    Why reboot? Why not a Bond-like continuation with a different actor?

  • No. Stupid Decision. | March 26, 2014 10:30 AMReply

    I like Bradley Cooper, but no.

  • az | March 26, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    OMG imagine a world where peace reigned, poverty was abolished and more importantly the word Reboot never existed.

  • Fred | March 26, 2014 11:25 AM

    I would love to live there...

  • Alex | March 26, 2014 9:06 AMReply

    I really opened up to Cooper after 'American Hustle'.. he has some very surprising scenes to me, so now the idea of him taking on a much more demanding (on his big screen presence/personality) role is exciting.. I don't have a giant allegiance to the old films and believe a great film could be made of the pieces now without diminishing the Spielbergian wonder of the originals.

  • Amy | March 26, 2014 8:55 AMReply

    Do you remember how well the Casablanca reboot did? Me neither. There is a reason for this. Stop compulsively remaking the classics and find new material!

  • NO. | March 26, 2014 8:55 AMReply


  • Rob | March 26, 2014 8:31 AMReply

    Hollywood's Latest Trend: "Ruining everything you loved."

  • Steve | March 26, 2014 8:28 AMReply

    Anthony Ingruber would make the perfect Indy back in the 20's and 30's. All Indy fans need to youtube this guy.

  • Maddie | March 26, 2014 7:18 AMReply

    Please no! No to a another Indiana Jones film and above all no to Bradley Cooper - "I can't stand him"

  • Luke | March 26, 2014 7:11 AMReply

    I'am desperately waiting for a remake of.......The Godfather, Schindler's List and Fight Club.

  • Ryan | March 26, 2014 12:58 PM

    The difference between Schindler's List and Indy is that Indy has the potential for sequels. In fact, there have already been a couple. Now I'm not crazy about the idea to reboot, but it was bound to happen at some point (let's be honest), and Cooper is an ideal choice for the role if you ask me.

  • John Paul Fitch | March 26, 2014 6:54 AMReply

    What's Sean Patrick Flannery doing these days?

  • Paul | March 26, 2014 5:13 AMReply

    Why does it have to be a reboot? Cast a younger actor in the role by all means, but do some prequels set in the current canon.

  • Jack | March 26, 2014 1:17 AMReply

    How people still use Latino Review as a credible source (even for rumors) blows my mind into a trillion bits. I'd sooner listen to the homeless dude out on the street corner that uses his shoes for cell phones than I would Latino Review.

    You're better than this, Playlist staff.

  • Justin | March 26, 2014 12:54 AMReply

    Okay, crystal skull was just straight out bad. That's because shia labeouf and too much stupid cgi ruined it, but there is only actor to play Indiana jones and that's Harrison ford! They need to go back to something simple and more like raiders or last crusade.

  • Gia | March 26, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    FUQ NO!!!

  • Angela | March 26, 2014 12:30 AMReply

    No one. I'm a fan of Bradley Cooper, but no one should replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. You're going too far this time, Hollywood.

  • That Kid | March 26, 2014 12:22 AMReply

    When I read that I laughed, then I quickly felt...disappointed. I guess it was just a matter of time.

  • Dirk | March 26, 2014 12:05 AMReply

    Nothing is sacred in Hollywood

  • Grant | March 26, 2014 12:14 AM

    That's exactly what the producers of "Secret of the Incas" and "Gunga Din" have been saying all along!

  • Jim | March 26, 2014 12:04 AMReply

    No, Bradley Cooper needs to be Nathan Drake for the Uncharted movie, not Indy.

  • Tally | March 26, 2014 8:20 AM

    100 % agree

  • cattt | March 26, 2014 3:41 AM


  • Henry Jones | March 26, 2014 12:00 AMReply

    Noo. Ford is Jones.

  • Henry Jones | March 26, 2014 12:00 AMReply

    Noo. Ford is Jones.

  • Henry Jones | March 26, 2014 12:00 AMReply

    Noo. Ford is Jones.

  • The Stone | March 26, 2014 9:24 AM

    People said that about Connery and Bond...

  • joe | March 26, 2014 12:18 AM

    Did you see the last one. Indiana Jones has Bond potential. It can go on forever. Disney would be stupid not to reboot as soon as possible. Indiana the character was in his prime years in the 20s ,30s, and 40s. That's three decades worth of adventures.

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