While Disney focus their full attention on a galaxy far, far away - My Geek Heart wonders how long it will be until another Lucasfilm acquisition makes its return...
First and foremost, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, and in an ideal world that would never change. One of the toughest actors to ever grace the silver screen - his return to Star Wars has certainly helped cement that reputation - he is however, like us all, not getting any younger. With an attempt to introduce a possible replacement in the form of Shia LaBeouf, derided in the much mangled Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, perhaps Indy could eventually follow the path of one of its very own inspirations (James Bond) and regenerate the lead actor. With Disney progressing full steam ahead with Lucas' space opera, rumours persist it won't be too long before they turn to another iconic Ford role.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, my joint favorite movie of all time alongside Star Wars, is an action adventure masterpiece. It's sequel come prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, gave us a rollickingly boys own adventure before plunging right into the heart of darkness. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade meanwhile, is held together by the magical pairing of Ford and Connery. Even Kingdom of the Crystal Skull deserves some credit, if only for the wonderful (I have a bad feeling about this) nod to Star Wars - see it as a reward for sitting through every Shia LeBoeuf scene! What I'm trying to say is, the Indiana Jones franchise deserves to live on. After the $786 million take for a misstep such as Crystal Skull, it's little wonder Disney are keen to continue the adventures of everyone's favourite obtainer of rare antiquities. Imagine a reinvigorated Indy, with all the pace of today's modern action blockbusters, and somewhat inevitably - a new leading man. Let's take a look at some of the most popular choices, whom it has been suggested could fill that fedora hat...
One actor fandom appears to be crying out for, is Marvel's very own Star-Lord and dance off champion, Chris Pratt. Following his performance in Guardians of the Galaxy, it's not hard to see why fans are beginning to clamor for an Indy 5 with Pratt in the title role. He certainly has the acting chops, look and the physique. As with all the A list contenders though - could Pratt perhaps be too similar to Harrison Ford? Do we need a Roger Moore to follow Ford's Connery, instead of a mere Indy clone? Or has Indiana Jones been so clearly defined by Harrison Ford, that only a like for like replacement will do?
Bradley Cooper is another name banded around, and he could possibly provide a lighter tone while still retaining the character’s all action persona. Not quite the conventional action hero, Cooper would certainly bring a lot of heart and charisma to the role. Gerald Butler and Hugh Jackman, are both ruggedly handsome leading men, probably, with proven box office returns - could they fill the fabled fedora of Dr. Jones? Or perhaps a lesser known, fresher face would be more readily accepted on the big screen. Let's run the rule over a few of our genre TV favorites, who we feel could make the transition to the big screen as Indiana Jones...
Fresh from his stint in Doctor Who, Matt Smith is already making waves in Hollywood - bagging an as yet unspecified role in the new Terminator movie. Having muscled up for Terminator, Smith could certainly fulfil the action requirements, and would of course, carry the bow tie wearing school teacher look with aplomb! As a Brit he may be a controversial choice, and as synonymous as James Bond is to England, will cinemagoers expect a transatlantic star in the role?
Roughly the same age as Ford when he retuned as Indy in Temple Of Doom, Fillion needs no introduction to genre fans. Best known as Firefly's Han Solo-ish Captain Malcolm Reynolds, and currently starring in the phenomenally successful crime drama Castle, Fillion deserves a shot at a big movie franchise. If Disney want to get every single nerd in existence on board for a new series of adventures, then this is the only choice they need to make.
Starring as Arrow's former playboy turned vigilante, Oliver Queen, Amell has already gained a legion of admirers thanks to the CW's take on Green Arrow. His fine turn in the Season 3 mid-season finale - suggests it would not be too great a leap to the silver screen. As I am reliably informed, he has the intensity, muscle and lady-killing believability required for the role. Although he is yet to show any real comedic instincts, Arrow’s subject matter hardly provides much opportunity for quips or wisecracks. One to watch.
Whether Disney press ahead with a new series of Indiana Jones movies remains to be seen, yet if they wish to make a swift return on their investment, and given the stellar gross for Crystal Skull - more Indy makes sound financial sense. A series to rival James Bond, providing at the very least an $800 million dollar return per picture, is not to be sniffed at. All we want in return is that fedora hat, iconic score and whip cracking sound effect back, and gracing the silver screen on a regular basis - a treasure we hold greater than the Ark of the Covenant itself.
Who would you like to see as the next Indiana Jones?
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