by Justin Cook
Disney may be looking to revive the Indiana Jones franchise, with Chris Pratt as the title character.
Pratt would be taking over for Harrison Ford, who played Indiana Jones in four films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. There had also been talks that Ford would star in a fifth Indiana Jones film, but the odds of that happening are looking less and less likely as Ford grows older. The actor is currently 72-years old.
Without a doubt, Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema, so Pratt taking on the role could end up being quite the challenge. While the actor proved his worth as a leading man in last summer’s wildly successful Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s not hard to imagine the pressure Pratt would most likely feel filling in for Ford. Pratt is a great actor, but playing Jones is certainly no easy task.
Disney’s interest in rebooting the series comes from the fact that they purchased the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount in 2013.
On top of Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt starred in the highest-grossing animated film domestically in 2014, The LEGO Movie. The film made over $250 million stateside and close to $470 million worldwide.
Throughout the course of his career, Pratt has showed off his acting skills in such Oscar-nominated films as Her, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty, and he can currently be seen on the seventh and final season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
In 2015, Pratt will star in the Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World, and is in early talks to join the cast of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, alongside Denzel Washington. Pratt will also be returning to the role of Peter Quill in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2.