I am beyond excited! It was announced this week, actor Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg will return to direct the fifth film of the blockbuster franchise.

The untitled film will be released on July 19, 2019. Harrison Ford will turn 77 six days before. He will be OLD. This is the same concern that came up in 2008 when the then 66-year-old Ford starred in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Oh boy, don't get me started on the fourth movie! While I was happy to see Indy and Marion (Karen Allen) back together on-screen, Shia Lebouf was brought on board to play (spoiler!) their son. I was not happy with the casting decision. The new film will no doubt include more young talent and that's cool. It's better to add than subtract when it comes to the freshness of any franchise.

As with the Star Wars films, fans of Dr. Jones will flock to theaters, no matter how much time has passed. It's a thrilling action-adventure franchise that has made nearly $2 billion worldwide. Indiana Jones, created by George Lucas, is part of Lucasfilm, which was sold to Disney in 2012. Ironically, Lucas, who was not a part of The Force Awakens, will also not be participating in production of the new Jones adventure.

Here's a recap of Indy's greatest adventures:

Are you ready for more Indiana Jones?

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