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

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 25, 2014 at 11:56PM

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.
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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?

This article is related to: Bradley Cooper, Indiana Jones 5, Frank Darabont


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