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Everyone’s favorite adventure-loving archaeologist, Indiana Jones, will be back on the big screen in 2019. After years of speculation, The Walt Disney Company officially made the announcement confirming the new Indiana Jones film on Tuesday in a press release on their website.
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, with Steven Spielberg set to direct. This will be the fifth film in the franchise.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
While George Lucas originally created the characters and stories for the films, it’s unclear how involved he will be in the new sequel.
An earlier reboot, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008, 19 years after the previous film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Interestingly enough, the time between the production of the films was also the same amount of time that passed within the films themselves; Last Crusade took place in 1938 and Crystal Skull in 1957.
If this new installment follows the time jump of the previous film, it would have to take place in 1968, during the height of social change in the United States. Undoubtedly, an Indy film during this time period could prove interesting and comical, as a nearly 80-year old Harrison Ford deals with hippies and the counterculture movement.