Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed a brand new Indy movie starring Bradley Cooper as the lead role. Will he be able to steal our hearts like Daniel Craig did in James Bond?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kennedy talked Star Wars, her personal life, and of course the tentatively titled Indiana Jones 5: En Garde starring Bradley Cooper as Indiana Jones.
This might come as a shock to those of us Indiana Jones purists (myself included) that believe that Harrison Ford, and only Harry Ford should play Indy. When asked about this, Kennedy had this to say in an attempt to quell fan concerns:
I understand that not everyone will view this decision to recast Indy with open eyes. Look, I get it–this is a huge change and huge changes don’t always come easy. Heck, I haven’t even fully come to terms with it yet. But I like to think of it from a neo-Taoist perspective: like entering cold, new waters, ashes unto ashes, sea unto sea. Rather than dip your feet, don’t be afraid to jump, to see. I wrote that, actually [laughs].
Though I still feel somewhat worried about Bradley (admittedly a masterful actor in his own right) taking over the character of Indiana Jones, Kennedy’s statements have certainly placated me somewhat.
Bradley Cooper feels confident, if not intimidated, at the prospect of taking on this role. “I’ve never done anything quite like Indy, and I want to do Harry Ford’s character justice,” he said. “I am prepared to embrace this role with all of my heart and take it–along with my acting chops–to the next level.”
Bradley Cooper has already begun preparing to portray Indy by supplementing his already-rigorous workout routine, watching the earlier movies religiously, and zip-lining in New Zealand on days he’s not working.
Will Bradley Cooper be able to reinvent the wheel the way Daniel Craig did in James Bond? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: this will be the movie event of the century.