Harrison Ford to reprise iconic 'Indiana Jones' role in 2019

AFP , Wednesday 16 Mar 2016

Steven Spielberg will direct again

Harrison Ford
In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “Indiana Jones” is swinging back into theaters with Harrison Ford reprising the iconic role and Steven Spielberg directing. Warner Bros. announced Tuesday, March 15, 2016 that the fifth film in the series will open July 19, 2019.(Photo: AP)

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 15 March.

It said Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project that will hit the big screen in 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," 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."

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 Karen Allen. The movie also introduced Shia LeBeouf as their son.

The franchise has grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide.

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