Double Revival: Stephen Spielberg Brings Back Two Classics

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Everybody start playing the Indiana Jones theme tune super loudly because the classic character will be returning to our screens in July 2020. Yes, that’s right Dr Indiana Jones is back for a fifth instalment, thanks to Stephen Spielberg. After the success of the new instalments of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises, it’s Jones’ chance to return to the spotlight.

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The Jurassic Park and Star War’s franchises have recently been revived, and now its Indiana Jones’ turn.

And if you thought that Harrison Ford would be putting his feet up and relaxing with a cup of tea (who would blame him?) you are wrong! Despite the film being released three days before his 78th birthday, and even rumours that Chris Pratt would be replacing him, Ford will be reprising his role as the adventure hero.

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Sorry, Chris Pratt but Harrison Ford is sticking around.

Ford isn’t the only one making a welcome return to the franchise, which will be directed by Stephen Spielberg, director of the previous four films. The producers of the first four instalments, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, will also be swinging back into action along with David Koepp who wrote the storyline for the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. John Williams, who is an actual legend when it comes to film scores, composing the likes of Jaws and Star Wars (impressive CV there John) also cant’ get enough, and will be returning to create a legendary film score.

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Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will return as producers.

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Composer John Williams, left, mingles with filmmaker Steven Spielberg on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala.

However, if you’re a Shea LaBeouf Fan, there’s some bad news for you, as he will not be returning for the fifth film (seriously,what a party pooper). This is not surprising seeing as LaBeouf publicly shamed the fourth instalment. Admittedly the fourth film wasn’t the best but it was still a bad idea to publicly rebuke it on LaBeouf’s behalf.

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Shia LaBeouf will not be reprising his role.

Also, taking a back seat is George Lucas who came up with the concept of Indiana Jones with Spielberg whilst on a Hawaiian holiday. Normally, I just sunbathe on holidays but it appears some people come up with films that take in billions at the box office. Despite Lucas being the executive producer of previous films, he is not being heavily involved in the fifth film.

Although details are being released, there’s still no mention of a name for the film so keep your eyes peeled for the release of the title.

Also, keep a look out for another project Spielberg is working on which takes him completely out of his comfort zone. Whilst he’s in familiar territory with the fifth instalment of Indiana Jones, Spielberg is directing the first musical of his long and successful career- a remake of  the multi Oscar winning West Side Story.

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Spielberg will be directing his first musical in the remake of Oscar winning West Side Story

Not only can you watch the remake, but you can potentially also star in it as Spielberg is holding open auditions to cast the four main roles. This is something not regularly seen in Hollywood but is a method that can allow talented individuals to break into the industry.

The Star Wars Franchise has been well known for casting unknown actors and used open casting in Star Wars: Episode Vii. Evanna Lynch, also won her first acting role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter. Believe it or not if it wasn’t for Britney Spears attending an open audition for the All New Mickey Mouse Club she might not be the household name we know today.

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Evanna Lynch and Britney Spears both won roles through open casting.

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Another positive aspect of the remake is that the casting call requires that the lead roles of Bernardo, Maria and Anita, who are Puerto Rican characters should be played by Latina/o actors. This move comes at a time where there has been numerous scandals involving ‘white washing’ where actors have been cast that don’t correspond with the ethnicity of the character.

Unfortunately, there are many examples of this from Tilda Swinton being cast as the Asian character of ‘The Ancient One’ in Doctor Strange to Scarlett Johansson being cast in Ghost In a Shell, despite the character she’s playing being Japanese.

Overall, Spielberg has got a busy time ahead of him and there are a lot of questions that remain unanswered. What will the new Indiana Jones film be called? Will the West Side Story remake uncover a new talented actor or actress? I guess we’ll just have to find out.

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Text: Chaz Pond

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