Though initial reports of an Indiana Jones 5 movie seemed to be squashed back in December, a new rumor has emerged that the movie is not only back on, but that a new actor will take the lead role as well.
According to IndieWire, American Hustle star Bradley Cooper is one of the names on a long list of actors who could potentially take over the iconic role from Harrison Ford, as the movie is now planned to be a reboot of the franchise.
However, even with rumors of Cooper potentially being in consideration for the role, a movie could still be several years away, as Disney has currently focused on its J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Wars: Chapter VII, due for release in December 2015. The company also bought the rights to all future Indiana Jones films last year, preventing other production companies from trying to create their own versions of the iconic hero.
Back in December, Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed that a movie wouldn't happen for quite some time, as a feasible and intriguing plot has not yet been introduced.
"We haven't done anything," he said. "We don't have a story. We need a story."
However, stalling the movie for several years could mean there is a need for a new actor to take the role, as Harrison Ford is currently 71 years old, and may not be able to perform stunts the same way he used to. If the franchise does move on without him, Latino Review notes, it would be in the form of a reboot done in a way similar to how the James Bond movie franchise has continued on for over five decades -- by hiring new actors to take on the role.
Ford has played the iconic character in all four previous films in the franchise. The last film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008.
There have been no official comments from Cooper or Disney.