Rumor of the day: Twilight star could succeed Harrison Ford as new Indiana Jones

There have been rumblings that Disney would reboot the Indiana Jones franchise with a younger actor in the title role, and it sounds like they might’ve just found the man for the job. If you’re a fan of sparkly vampires, it should be a familiar face.

Take it with a grain of salt at the moment, but The Daily Star is reporting that Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Cosmopolis) is at the top of the studio’s short list to take the hat and whip from 71-year-old Harrison Ford in what would serve as a revamp of the property.

Their report comes from a vague “Los Angeles insider,” but the move does fit with that we’ve been hearing the studio wants to do with Indiana Jones. Disney got control of the franchise as part of that massive Lucasfilm deal, and there’s no way they’ll just let it sit around and languish for long. 

Here’s what their source allegedly had to say about the project:

“Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise. They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies. Rob is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from Twilight. But the competition will be stiff.”

We love Ford as much as the next fan, but he’s getting a little up there in years to handle all the action required for relic-hunting and adventuring. A younger actor seems like the only viable option moving forward to launch a new run of films, but it begs the question, is this the right guy?

(Via The Daily Star)

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