No swinging with the monkeys any time soon — at least not for Shia LaBeouf. In an interview with EW, Indiana Jones 5 screenwriter David Koepp said Indy’s on-screen son Mutt Williams (Henry Jones III) will not be popping up in the follow-up to 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
After the fan reaction to LaBeouf’s character, and the film as a whole, it’d be a bold move to plug him back into the equation anyway. How they’ll handle that continuity, or if they’ll disregard it entirely, remains to be seen. Whether or not a younger actor will eventually don the fedora to further the franchise is another question entirely.
What little Koepp can confirm is that Ford is still Indy and LaBeouf won’t be part of an odd family reunion — also, “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for” will be playing a big role per usual. Here’s what he had to say:
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” he said. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
A collective sigh of relief from fans, perhaps. Bigger questions such as when production will start still remain though. Koepp indicated that the script is nearly finished, and with Steven Spielberg’s work on The Post also having wrapped shooting, production on Indiana Jones 5 could be just around the corner.
“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” Koepp said. “I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post …. If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”
Leaving LaBeouf out of the film was probably a good choice for behind the scenes as well. After having starred in Crystal Skull, the actor told the Los Angeles Times that he felt as though he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished” and that Ford shared a similar view of the film. Ford later called LaBeouf a “f—ing idiot” as a response. He then added “As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself.” So regardless of anyone’s opinion on the exclusion of Mutt, this seems like the right move from all angles.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Topps Cards May Explain How Luke Arrived On Ahch-To
With the arrival of Force Friday II, fans have been racing to their local stores to purchase the latest Star Wars merchandise based on the upcoming chapter of the saga titled The Last Jedi. While director Rian Johnson has assured fans that the toys and collectibles will not spoil the film’s secrets, the latest line of Topps Cards may offer some clues on how Luke Skywalker traveled to the planet Ahch-To before the events of new Star Wars trilogy.
One of the cards features Rey standing on a cliff, with Luke looking off in the distance from above, and fans can see an X-Wing laying on the ocean floor. If the simplest explanation is often correct, it appears Luke Skywalker may have used the classic starfighter to travel to Ahch-To.
You can check out the image below and “click” next to the view the rest of the Topps Cards images featuring several of the classic and new characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
Do you have another explanation for how the X-Wing could have landed on the ocean floor? Share your thoughts below!
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: Topps Cards (via ComicBook.com)