Ford to reprise role in 5th film

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Los An­ge­les

Har­ri­son Ford will reprise his iconic role as the ad­ven­tur­ous ar­chae­ol­o­gist in a fifth in­stall­ment of the In­di­ana Jones se­ries, the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany an­nounced on Tues­day.

Steven Spiel­berg, who di­rected all four pre­vi­ous films, will helm the as-yet-un­ti­tled pro­ject that will hit the big screen in 2019, it says.

“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, says 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.”

Dis­ney in 2013 took over rights to the In­di­ana Jones fran­chise from Paramount Films, and since then re­ports have been swirling that a fifth in­stall­ment was in the works.

In­di­ana Jones burst onto the screen in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark, fol­lowed by In­di­ana Jones and the Tem­ple of Doom in 1984 and In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade in 1989.

Ford, 73, and Spiel­berg re­united in 2008 for the fourth in­stall­ment of the se­ries, King­dom of the Crys­tal Skull, which got luke­warm re­views and re­united an ag­ing Jones with his Raiders love in­ter­est Miriam, ac­tress Karen Allen. The movie also in­tro­duced Shia LaBeouf as their son.

The fran­chise has grossed nearly $2 bil­lion world­wide.

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