Harrison Ford Will Reprise His Role as Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones
American actor Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist in a scene from the film 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 1989. Here he hangs from the gun of a German tank during a chase scene. (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
Photograph by Murray Close—Getty Images

Indiana Jones is coming back to the big screen.

The Walt Disney Company announced that actor Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg will be returning to the franchise for a fifth movie. Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, also Indian Jones veterans, will also be working on the latest installment. The release date is already set for July 19, 2019.

Spielberg has directed all of the four existing Indians Jones films starring Ford. The first movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, came out 35 years ago and maintains a spot on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom came out a few years later in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade followed in 1989, and after a nearly 20 year hiatus the series returned in 2008 with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, feature Shia LaBeouf.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in the company’s press release. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role.”

In a 2011 interview with Fortune‘s sister publication Entertainment Weekly, Spielberg said that “there is no Indy 5 until George [Lucas] says there is.” Lucas has written for all the previous Indiana Jones movies but, since Horn made no mention of a writer, it’s uncertain whether he’ll return.

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