Call it the Force Awakens bonanza effect. Harrison Ford is donning his fedora and whip for one more round as Indiana Jones.
After starring as Han Solo in last year’s box office jackpot, Walt Disney Pictures is banking on Ford to bring in another major payday in his other most iconic on screen character. Disney announced Steven Spielberg will once again be directing the latest chapter of Indiana Jones, set to hit theaters July 19, 2019.
‘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 Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a press release. ‘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.’
With Ford being a prominent part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ success as the all-time highest grossing domestic film with $930.7 million, it makes sense for Disney to at least take a crack at tapping into more of the nostalgia well. Even if Indy 5 makes a fraction of Force Awakens‘ haul it’ll be worth the investment.
Even the reviled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earned a series best $317 million in 2008 so it’s not like this is a foolish risk for Disney. But the obvious catch is Ford will turn 74 come July and would be 77 by the time the film hits theaters. Can Ford still pull off a believable bad a$$ Indiana Jones well into his 70s?
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