Harrison Ford is on a bit of a tear lately. First he reprised his famous role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now it seems he’s got nostalgia on the brain. At least that’s what we’re assuming, given this week’s announcement that the soon-to-be 74-year-old will return as Indiana Jones in a fifth installment of the movie franchise directed by Steven Spielberg.
It’s not a total surprise, given that Ford has always been more vocal about his love for the adventurous archaeologist than his affection towards Solo (if you’ve seen the new Star Wars, let’s just say we bet he asked for that particular ending). But the announcement did cause massive confusion amongst the Twitterverse, which couldn’t seem to wrap its head around Ford returning for a fifth time to the role in a film that won’t even be released until the summer of 2019. That’s 11 years after his last Indiana Jones flick, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released.
It all led to plenty of this:
— laurenbeckhamfalcone (@lbfalcone) March 16, 2016
Indiana Jones and The Retirment Home of Doom#IndianaJonesTitles
— Leukocyte (@strelovod) March 16, 2016
Indiana Jones and the early bird special
— Matt Garvey (@MattGarvey1981) March 16, 2016
#IndianaJonesTitles Suggested: Indiana Jones & The Secret Depends; Indiana Jones & The Last Gasp, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of Senility.
— Richard Allan Jones (@richallan) March 16, 2016
— Alun Saunders (@alunsaunders) March 15, 2016
Indiana Jones and the Early Bird Special at Denny’s #indianajonestitles
— Dr of Thuganomics (@DrKillaCal) March 15, 2016
While there may be concern about an older man reprising a famous action role, we’re kind of excited to see how it all pans out. Will there be a passing of the baton? A new female type Indiana Jones that could carry on the torch? The possibilities are pretty much endless at this point.
Besides, Ford is the same guy who suffered a leg injury while filming Star Wars, and once survived a small plane crash. We’d say if anyone had the hutzpah to return for a fifth kick at the can and close out two iconic roles within such a limited time frame, he’d be the one to do it.
Maybe he’s starting a new trend. Perhaps Matt Damon will return in 50 years for a new Bourne Identity, Sean Connery would once again play Bond, or Angelina Jolie could reprise her Lara Croft role down the line.
Now wouldn’t that just drive the fanboys mad.