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03.26.14

The Ultimate Guide to ‘Indiana Jones 5’: Bradley Cooper Casting Rumors and More

Is Bradley Cooper bumping 71-year-old Harrison Ford? Here’s your ultimate guide to the rumored ‘Indiana Jones’ movie.

It’s been nearly 25 years since the last Indiana Jones  movie. (Unless you count 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.) But after Disney’s  $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm and the announcement of a new Star Wars film, the hunt for any information that hints at a new Indiana Jones  movie has been on. Here’s what we know so far.

1. Harrison Ford thinks it would be “perfectly appropriate” to be Indiana Jones at the age of 71.

2. But if Ford doesn’t hurry up and sign on—which may happen, especially given that Star Wars: Episode VII—he might be replaced. Reportedly high on the studio’s list is Bradley Cooper.

3. George Lucas did say in 2008 that Ford “is Indiana Jones. If Indiana Jones wasn’t in it, you’d have to call it Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis.” So, there’s that.

4. The film might follow the same “reboot” style of the James Bond franchise. (Apparently George Lucas and Steven Spielberg always thought of Indiana Jones as their own James Bond.

5. Frank Darbont may be writing the script—he wrote The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, that show that everyone watched but no one really remembers.

6. In December, Disney said that it’d be at least two or three years until a new movie came out. “We haven’t done anything,” the chairman of Walt Disney Studios said. “We don’t have a story. We need a story.”

7. Spielberg has said that the film won’t be a new genre. We’re going to get a new MacGuffin, though. (That’s what you call the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, and the alien skull.

8.  Shia LaBeouf probably won’t be coming back as Indy’s son, because no one really needs that right now.