If you thought Harrison Ford was looking a little bit worse for wear in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, get ready: Disney has just announced a fifth Indy movie, set for a 2019 release and featuring a currently 74-year-old Ford as the archaeologist hero one more time.
The as-yet untitled film isn’t just bringing Ford back. Steven Spielberg is also returning to direct, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall reprising their producing roles. Entirely absent from this fifth go-around, however, is George Lucas, who worked on the story side of each of the series’ previous installments.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn lauded Indy as “one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history,” adding, “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
Crystal Skull, the previous Indy film, drew criticism from audiences for a story that was often ridiculous and sidelined Ford’s titular character—who was, to be fair, getting a little too old for some of that stunt work–in favor of a newly introduced son, played by Shia LaBeouf. Notably, neither LaBeouf nor Karen Allen, who played returning love interest Marion Ravenwood, were mentioned to be returning in today’s announcement.
Also unmentioned: just when the next movie will take place. Considering Ford’s age, it’ll presumably be set in an era roughly a decade after Crystal Skull, placing it in the late 1960s. Is it too much to hope the hero will have to punch a few hippies while searching for an era-specific McGuffin? Is there anyone who doesn’t secretly want to see Indiana Jones and the Age of Aquarius?