Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: Disney wants to cast a new actor as the young Indiana Jones; Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list.
Source: Kellvin Chavez, Latino Review
Evidence: “Our ever reliable sources… are informing us that while Harrison Ford might still play Indiana Jones in the next film of the franchise, the window of making that happen is getting smaller and smaller. There is a date and if Indiana Jones 5 is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100 percent prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy. Let’s be realistic, Harrison is not the box-office draw he once was and he is only getting older… And who just might be one of the actors that the studio is looking at ? The word is that they are looking at several but Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: There are two things to calculate here: the odds that Disney recasts Indiana Jones, and the odds that Bradley Cooper is the guy who gets the assignment. According to the Speculometron, the first one is easy. Disney will recast Indiana Jones. It’s a matter of when, not if, for all the reasons Latino Review mentioned: Ford’s old and getting older, and not the viable star he once was. As was the case with Star Wars, Disney didn’t buy Indiana Jones not to make Indiana Jones movies. If Ford can’t or won’t make a sequel, because Geroge Lucas or Steven Spielberg or both aren’t interested or too busy, Disney will find someone else who will. Even if they do make Indiana Jones 5 (at which point Ford would be 72 or 73), they’ll reboot the character the next time around.
As for Cooper, he makes certain amount of sense as Indiana Jones. He’s basically got the right look and he’s already proven he’s willing to replace an older actor as an iconic pop-culture character (he was Face in 2010’s The A-Team movie). But Cooper’s chatty smarminess isn’t a great match for the Indy’s stoic toughness. Then again, it’s hard to think of someone who would be better match for the part. (Nathan Fillion? Channing Tatum? Ryan Reynolds? Oh God, not Ryan Reynolds.) So Cooper may well get fitted for a fedora in the near future.
Odds: Even (that Disney recasts Indiana Jones); 5 to 1 (that Bradley Cooper gets the part).