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Ending years of rumors and speculation, Disney has officially announced Indiana Jones will return to theaters July 19, 2019.
Steven Spielberg will return to direct, with Harrison Ford donning his iconic fedora once again. The as-yet-untitled film will mark the first installment in the blockbuster franchise since 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
“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,” Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement. “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.”
Speculation has swirled about the future of the action-adventure series since Disney acquired the rights in 2013, following its purchase of Lucasfilm. Although talk turned again and again to “Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt as a potential successor to the now 73-year-old Ford, franchise producer Frank Marshall made it clear they would stick with the Indy everyone knows and loves.
“We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones,” he said in October 2015. Spielberg echoed Marshall’s comments only weeks later, saying, “It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman.
“There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”