Sometimes studios don’t want to let a good franchise die, rebooting the same story and replacing actors when they age out of a role or contract. But according to Harrison Ford, that won’t be the case for Indiana Jones.

While promoting The Secret Life of Pets 2 on NBC’s Today show, the veteran actor was asked who should take on the mantle next. His answer came as a surprise. “Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones,” Ford announced confidently. “I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy.”

The Last Indiana Jones

Though there’s no guarantee a studio will agree with him, Ford’s conviction may come as a relief to many fans. Classic heroes such as Indiana Jones often don’t need to be revived, especially not when future generations can admire the original. The actor also jokingly apologized to potential candidates for the role. “This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine. I’m sorry, man.”

Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones
And none for Chris Pratt.

That last comment was particularly funny, given that the once-contender for the role was Chris Pratt, not Pine. But who doesn’t conflate their Hollywood Chrises every once in awhile?

Of course, there’s still a fifth Indiana Jones film in the works. It’s meant as a parting gift for the iconic archaeologist, and the release date is set for July 9th, 2021. When asked about the details of that film, Ford merely confirmed its inevitability. “He’s in here somewhere,” the actor said.”He wants to come out.”

Steven Spielberg, who directed all of the previous films in the franchise, remains onboard for the fifth entry. It will also be the first Indiana Jones movie to be made under Disney’s watchful eye. Harrison Ford is set to star, and John Williams will once again lend his musical talent to the score.

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