Now that they’ve kicked off the continuing adventures of Star Wars, it looks like Disney is now turning their attention to another one of its newest acquisitions – the Indiana Jones franchise, which they bought the rights to from Paramount in 2013.
And who will they center the franchise on now? Not Shia LaBeouf, who was once tapped to take up the mantle after his appearance in the last film, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (he apologized in 2010 for not doing the role of Indy’s new sidekick and heir apparent justice).
Deadline reports that Disney wants Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt to take over as Indiana Jones, the adventuring archaeologist brought to life on the big screen and made famous by Harrison Ford.
The site reports that this is all very early talk and that they could not get Disney to comment at this time, so grain of salt and all that, but this would not be the first mention of Pratt as Indiana Jones.
Pratt was best known for his role as the lovable, somewhat chubby slacker Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation (which is in its final season now, with Pratt still a cast member) before wowing audiences as leading man Star-Lord in last summer’s Marvel hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy. Once Guardians blew up at the box office, a Photoshopped image imagining Pratt as Indiana Jones surfaced (see a cropped version of it here above). That image alone right there I think would be enough to get Disney to pay attention to the actor, but add in Pratt’s work in Guardians along with that of the upcoming action-packed Jurassic Word, and it seems like a no-brainer. I think the internet would agree.
Pratt will return for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 in 2017, and will soon start filming on The Magnificent Seven, MGM’s remake starring Denzel Washington.