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Indiana Jones 5 is coming says Disney boss, but will Harrison Ford, 73, appear?

Harrison Ford is certainly having a moment.

Harrison Ford in 2008's <i>Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull</i>.
Harrison Ford in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

His iconic Han Solo character made a triumphant return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now it appears another Indiana Jones film is on its way.

Disney CEO and chairman Robert Iger dropped the bombshell during an interview this week, announcing Indiana Jones 5 was in the making.

Harrison Ford in Sydney to promote <i>The Force Awakens</i>.
Harrison Ford in Sydney to promote The Force AwakensPhoto: Steven Siewert

"With George Lucas's Star Wars and Indiana Jones, by the way, which will be coming, we have more great stories," Iger told Bloomberg.

The famous archaeologist is another creation of Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, and has been played by Ford in all four films.

But does Ford, now aged 73, have another action film left in him?

He last played Jones in 2008 alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the earlier films.
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the earlier films. 

The film, nearly 20 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, received mixed reviews from critics who largely thought the series should be put to bed.

Director Steven Spielberg said he couldn't imagine anyone other than Ford playing Indy.

"I don't think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don't think that's ever going to happen," he said in an interview with Screen Daily earlier this month.

"It's certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman," Spielberg said. "There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that's Harrison Ford."

Spielberg also stood strong in the face of criticism following the 2008 instalment, and said his enthusiasm remained.

"So as long as there's more adventures out there, I've got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done," he said.

It is unclear when the film will be released, what the plot will be and if Indiana Jones 5 will serve as a remake or ode to the earlier films like The Force Awakens has been received.

In Australia last month, Ford made no mention of playing Indiana Jones again when he said the only movie he was down to shoot was the next Blade Runner.

"I have one project ahead of me," he said. "That's fine. That's all I need."

While he was surprised to learn that producer Ridley Scott had talked about shooting the new Blade Runner in Beijing, Ford said he was looking forward to working with Denis Villeneuve, the French-Canadian director of Incendies, Prisoners and Sicario.

"I think it's a good script and I have a chance to work with Ryan Gosling, who I think is one of our best working actors these days

With Garry Maddox