Shia LaBeouf Won't Return in Indiana Jones 5, Confirms the Writer

Posted 2017/09/04 0 0

Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams will not be returning.

 

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, writer David Koepp has offered an update on the new movie's status. "Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say," he tells the magazine's site. "And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film."

This news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, given that critics and general audiences weren’t exactly enthralled by either the Mutt character or LaBeouf’s performance as “Henry Jones III” during his appearance in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. LaBeouf went on to publicly dismiss Indiana Jones director Steven Spielberg as being “less a director [than a] company” in 2016, though the actor later expressed regret over his choice of words.

Adjusted for inflation, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has the lowest-grossing total of any film in the franchise, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The movie wasn't well-received, and now it appears that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are chasing after something that they already delivered in The Last Crusade: a perfect ending. We'll know soon enough if they are able to deliver.

While Mutt will not be in the next film, Disney does plan on continuing the franchise beyond the fifth installment. “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it,” director Steven Spielberg said previously, while Disney’s Bob Iger cryptically stated: “Right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know. We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it. I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.”

As for when Indiana Jones 5 gets off the ground, the film has a July 10, 2020 release date set, and Koepp hopes it will be Spielberg’s next film after he releases his drama The Post this December:

“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” he continues, playfully teasing that the plot will involve “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for” throughout the film. “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.”

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