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In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm-the studio famous for creating Star Wars, Indiana Jones, American Graffiti, among others- for a massive $4 billion. Following their big move, it was announced that Disney would keep the legendary Star Wars franchise going strong, with a new trilogy of sequels (set to start in 2015 with Episode VII), as well as possible spin-off films. It was no surprise that the juggernaut that is Disney would continue to expand their reach, after buying the rights to Marvel Entertainment for roughly the same amount.
Back in December, it was announced that the Mouse House had acquired the rights to any future Indiana Jones films, coinciding with the Lucasfilm purchase. Since then, a question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is; will we now see an Indiana Jones 5? The last film in the series was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, released back in 2008. And after mediocre and negative reviews from fans and critics, there has been a lingering hope that the franchise would be redeemed before it is forgotten.
It has also been wondered if Indy himself Harrison Ford would return to the franchise if there ended up being new installments. Although nothing has been confirmed, there were rumors involving Ford and his chance of being cast in the upcoming Star Wars VII, and how a potential contract with Disney could include more Indy films.
However, the most recent rumor regarding the saga takes things in an entirely different direction. According to Latino Review, whose insightful sources also brought us info early on that Bradley Cooper would voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, the site suggests that Cooper may be in the running to play the next Indiana Jones.
Yeah, you read that right.
While the site writes that Indiana Jones 5 could potentially still happen with Harrison Ford returning as the title character, they make a point of noticing how the 71-year old actor may not be up for such an action/adventure flick five years from now. Look, re-casting action stars is inevitable. It has happened before (see James Bond or Batman), and will continue to happen in the future. Most recent buzz has pointed out that Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise will likely come to an end within the next decade, as well as Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. So it’s only natural that Disney have the same open-mind if they decide to revive the Indy saga.
Mind you, this is all rumor, and nothing has been confirmed regarding another Indiana Jones film. However, personally I think that Bradley Cooper would make an outstanding fit as the whip-wielding archaeologist. Cooper has proven several times that he has charisma, and is currently untouchable as far as actors go. He also has a similar well-balanced career of humor and drama that would work very well in the shoes of Ford. Cooper has starred in movies like The A-Team and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, where he has proven successful at helming established franchises in character roles.
What do you think? If Indiana Jones was to be recast, would Bradley Cooper make a good replacement?
Written by Josh Sazin on 3/26/14, with a link to Latino Review