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‘Indiana Jones 5’ Won’t Invite Back Shia Labeouf To Reprise His ‘Crystal Skull’ Role

The screenplay for Indiana Jones 5 seems to be coming along for Steven Spielberg and screenwriter David Koepp. The writer claims that the script is ready to go, but there is no set date for the film to get started, though he says that Spielberg did just finish The Post and hopes that Indiana Jones is his next film according to Entertainment Weekly. But apart from that, Koepp shared the few tidbits he could about the story:

“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” screenwriter David Koepp, who has penned a script for the fifth film in the storied Indiana Jones franchise, tells EW. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”

Shia LaBeouf’s absence shouldn’t be a surprise given the reaction to Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and his infamous scene swinging with monkeys during the middle of a car chase. While he wasn’t a horrible addition to the film, his star has definitely fallen from the days when he was rumored to be in line to replace Harrison Ford in the series. Not only has the star faced some off-the-screen demons related to drinking and his performance art, but he’s also turned his back on the massive blockbusters since his time on Transformers and other films in the early 2000s.

Also, as Entertainment Weekly adds at the end of their report, the little issue of LaBeouf’s comments about Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull might’ve played a part. It also earned him a fine response from Harrison Ford:

After appearing in Crystal Skull, LaBeouf, whose representatives did not return EW’s request for comment, criticized the production in a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times. He told the paper he felt as if he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished,” and that Ford wasn’t happy with the film either. Ford later responded by calling his costar a “f—g idiot” for his comments.

Hard to tell if Harrison Ford was actually upset at LaBeouf’s comments there or if he was just being normal Harrison Ford. Either way, it’s a good time to rewatch the trilogy it seems. Treat yourself before heading back into the muck delivered to your doorstep by the world.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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