This smells like a dispatch from the kingdom of crystal bullshit to me, but The Daily Star says Disney is still very intent on rebooting the Indiana Jones franchise, and the company is compiling its list of best candidates to replace aging star Harrison Ford. Earlier rumors had Bradley Cooper as the top choice to become the next Dr. Jones, but producer Frank Marshall later dismissed that idea as “agents’ pipe dreams.”
Which could be all this is, too! But according to the Star, Disney’s latest list has a different top contender: Twilight’s glitteriest vampire, Robert Pattinson. According to their “Los Angeles insider”:
“Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise. They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies. [Pattinson] is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from Twilight.”
Indeed he has; since Twilight ended, Pattinson has aligned himself with edgy filmmakers like David Michod and David Cronenberg. This year, he appeared in their respective Cannes selections, The Rover and Maps To The Stars. That suggests Pattinson might not be interested in this sort of massive franchise anymore; even if he was, most fanboys’ (faulty) perception of him as a one-dimensional heartthrob would likely destroy his chances anyway.
I don’t doubt there will be another Indiana Jones movie in my lifetime, or that someone other than Harrison Ford will be the man with the whip and fedora. But Robert Pattinson? Frankly, Kristen Stewart feels more like Indy to me. Now there’s an interesting casting idea.