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‘Indiana Jones 5′ Eyeing Bradley Cooper for a Rebooted Leading Man? [UPDATE]

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When Disney made that big purchase of Lucasfilm way back when, not only did it encompass the beloved ‘Star Wars‘ franchise, but also ‘Indiana Jones,’ the latter of which is easily forgettable as the long-gestating ‘Indiana Jones 5‘ has shied away from headlines recently. However, with Disney set to distribute any potential new installments of the Harrison Ford-led films, more are likely on the way, but the latest word on the street is that Ford could bow out of the title role in favor of a younger newcomer to fill his shoes, perhaps even Bradley Cooper.

Well, it doesn’t hurt that they kinda look alike.

Latino Review first reported the news that, much like how the James Bond movies have swapped out older 007s for newer ones, Disney and Lucasfilm are thinking about replacing Indiana Jones with one of several actors they’re reportedly eyeing to start a whole new saga for the franchise. While the majority of the names in contention are unknown, Bradley Cooper, who made big waves with ‘Silver Lining’s Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle‘ and the upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ is said to be on top of that list.

In addition to these younger actors, Frank Darabont, who came on to rewrite the ‘Godzilla‘ script and penned many of AMC’s earlier ‘Walking Dead‘ installments, is said to have pitched a potential new story treatment, though further details are unknown.

UPDATE: According to /Film, high-placing sources say that this report is not true. Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to make a statement.

While the report does state that these are simply early considerations and nothing is finalized as of yet, Ford could still end up portraying Indie at least one more time in ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ though his increasingly “I’m over it” attitude might end up being the deciding factor.

While a rumor circulated awhile back that Ford allegedly agreed to appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ as a means of making another ‘Indiana Jones’ movie, he did say, “We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass.”

So take all that with as much salt as required, but what do you think? Should ‘Indiana Jones 5′ kick off a new era of Indy adventures, and is Bradley Cooper the right one to lead that charge? Sound off in the comments.

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