Meaghan Kirby
September 05, 2017 2:32 pm
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While it was just officially confirmed that Harrison Ford will, once again, don the iconic Indiana Jones bull whip and fedora for the fifth installment of the series, Mutt Williams will not be making an appearance. That’s right, in a very unsurprising move, Shia LaBeouf won’t be returning to the franchise as the long-lost son of the famed archeology professor.

When the Indiana Jones franchise returned after a 19 year hiatus with 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it certainly seemed like LeBeouf’s character would be the future of the franchise, in the event that Ford would finally decide to hang up the fedora for good.

But alas, it was not meant to be. David Koepp, who wrote the fifth film, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the upcoming film would not feature LeBeouf’s motorcycle-riding-through-the-library Mutt.

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While at one point LaBeouf could have been the future of the Indiana Jones franchise, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not entirely well-received — creating some serious tension between LeBeouf and director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford — LeBeouf made it clear in a 2016 interview with Variety that he wasn’t interested in returning to the franchise.

Despite LaBeouf’s absence, Koepp and Spielberg are confident in the next installment, which is set to be released in 2020. Koepp told EW that the upcoming film will, once again, center around the discovery of a precious artifact, which Jones will attempt to recover before the unannounced bad guys get to it. The screenwriter also revealed that production on the film could begin relatively soon.

Shia or no Shia, we’re happy to see Indiana Jones back in action!

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