Tuesday, 3 June 2014

When Lucasfilm were acquired by Disney last year, the internet went mental with the prospect of new Star Wars films. But while this hysteria was causing the internet to crash many forgot the fact that with Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm they also inherited another believed franchise, Indiana Jones. With Harrison Ford reprising his role as Hans Solo in JJ Abrams' seventh instalment to the Star Wars franchise, it led many to question whether Ford would done his, now famous, whip and fedora to reprise his role. Yet at the ripe old age of 72, it is highly unlikely the greying actor would take on a job that would demand a psychical role. 

So who would take over the role? Not Shia LaBeouf after the mess that was The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and even if he was under consideration for the role he is too busy wearing bags on his head and sitting in rooms to do the film. The news broke today, with The Daily Star and many other publications reporting the news that Twilight Star Robert Pattinson is being eyed up by Disney for the role. An insider has been quoted saying "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. Rob is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from Twilight. But the competition is stiff." While this is just speculation and cannot be treated as the truth, it is an intriguing casting choice. Many will know doubt take to the internet to berate the actor who made a name for himself as a sparkly vampire in Twilight. But since leaving the franchise Pattinson has taken some interesting career choices such as Cronenberg's Cosmopolis and Map to the Stars and David Michod's The Rover. Although the young actor has talent, we have yet to see him in an action role. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. 

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