There's been speculation for more than a year that Harrison Ford would be replaced in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 movie, but the 73-year-old actor could potentially still be in the running and may still reprise the role.
In a new interview, Steven Spielberg, who directed Ford in the first four Indy films, seemed to suggest that if he were to direct a fifth, he would want to do it with Ford being the star once again, if only so the actor could be the one he worked with the most throughout his career.
Spielberg joked during his interview that he has worked with both Ford and Tom Hanks an equal number of times, dictating a need for a fifth Indy film with Ford.
"We've gotta figure this out because not Tom is tied with Harrison Ford," Spielberg said. "Harrison and I did four movies, Tom and I have done four movies."
"Now I'll probably do an Indy Five with Harrison. It'll be five for Harrison, four for Tom...[Then] I've got to make another one with Tom, so that will be five for Tom, five for Harrison. And I think I'm going to leapfrog that way for the rest of my career. With Daniel Day-Lewis in everything else!"
Of course, Spielberg's comments aren't necessarily ones to take too much to heart since he wasn't specifically stating that he would work on a fifth movie in the franchise-one which is also not a set project.
It was rumored earlier this summer that a new film was being penciled in for the fourth quarter of 2018, but that report was never explicitly confirmed.
However, rumors about the movie even being made at all, let alone that Ford would be replaced (the name tossed around most often has been Chris Pratt's), were refuted by producer Frank Marshall around the same time.
"No, there's been no discussion on that...I mean..we've had no discussions on Indy 5 to date," he said at the time.