The studio wants more Indiana Jones. Here's a few ways it could work.
|"This BETTER work!"|
With recent word that the franchise is going to get a couple more entries we take a cold hard look at how this might work. Over the past couple months there have been numerous rumors stating that Chris Pratt would be taking over the role of Indy, with some fans cheering this idea and other just wanting the franchise to die. With Harrison Ford being the defining trait behind the Indiana Jones brand it's hard to imagine anyone else taking over the role, but much like James Bond, fans could have never imagined anyone taking over for Sean Connery. But that worked, so why not a new actor for Dr. Jones? With the right amount of dry sarcastic wit, Indiana could be played by other actors. Case in point, Chris Pratt.
The first way this could work would be the very obvious choice. Harrison Ford could still continue playing the role well into his eighties. While my fan boy brethren may be sharp tongued with the geriatric comments, Ford is the one actor that could totally pull off a much older Indiana Jones. His reprisal as Han Solo in The Force Awakens might be proof positive that he still has the flair for these continuing on. Yet, this would leave the studio at a dead end, unable to carry the torch much further than a couple movies before the inevitable rebooting.
|"Don't worry, old man. It'll work."|
The other most likely option will be the passing of the torch. Through flashbacks or other means, a much older, now retired Dr. Jones could narrate a story that goes back before Raiders and after Chronicles that will introduce a new actor in to the role. Once again, Chris Pratt comes to mind. Months ago rumors were circulating that he'd be taking over the role. With his contractual obligations to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and his rumored continued part in the next two Jurassic Park movies, his schedule could get a little hairy. Yet, Pratt's sense of humor and delivery of character is eerily similar to a younger Harrison Ford. If anyone could pull this off, it would be him.
|"But it was supposed to be mine.|
Wait. I'm not famous anymore.