Shia LaBeouf has certainly changed a lot within the past few years. This is not necessarily a negative statement. One cannot doubt that he has certainly grown as an artist. He has learned how to reach out to different audiences and channel his craft through numerous platforms. He just happens to unfortunately run into conflicts with the law here and there. Whether or not one supports LaBeouf – it should come to no surprise that he will not be reprising the role of Mutt Williams in Indiana Jones 5. The film is still in early stages of development, but this information can be assured of via the screenwriter himself.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Koepp spoke about his script and the current status of what is to be the fifth film in the franchise. The film is scheduled to be released in three years so he can only say so much right now.
“Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say…
And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
When considering the critical reception for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and LaBeouf’s current Hollywood status- fans saw this news coming. LaBeouf himself has even publicly expressed his negative opinions on the film. During a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he expressed that he and Harrison Ford were not pleased with the film and how he feels that he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” Ford soon then commented on his words by publicly calling him a “f*****g Idiot.”
Koepp continued the interview with words of excitement and hope. He assures that he and Steven Speilberg are very satisfied with the script and planned future for the franchise.
“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.”
His words surely tease that this film may start kicking it into high gear sooner than one thinks. This all sounds very exciting, but the thought of Indiana Jones own son being left out of the story still puzzles the mind. The ending to Crystal Skull sure did imply that Mutt had a good chance of taking up the mantle. After all, Jones does seem happily married now. Will this film take a similar route to that of The Force Awakens: break up the “happily ever after” relationship Ford had within a large time gap? It would not be surprising if Mutt is mentioned as still being in Jones’ life, but is taking time away in school or the military. Either this or Mutt grows a part from his father and removes himself from the picture. LaBeouf’s absence is sure to be one of the bigger questions that audiences will have going into this film.
The untitled fifth Indiana Jones film is scheduled to be released in 2020. Speilberg is returning to direct with a script penned by David Koepp.
Check back soon for more updates on Indy 5 may come sooner than one thinks- Andrew J. Salazar (@yokis101)