Indiana Jones

The Walt Disney Company has announced that Harrison Ford, 71, and Steven Spielberg are set for the fifth INDIANA JONES film. Harrison believes age is nothing but numbers and he has the required mental and physical abilities.

The 5th episode of the franchise is expected to hit the cinemas in July 2019.

That’s a long way home for fans who enjoyed the previous episodes. The 5th episode is yet without a title but it’s sure to be ready 11 years after the most recent episode: 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Indiana Jones, sword fight

Ford and Spielberg enjoyed their first partnership in the movie series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1981. In this episode, archaeologist Jones journeyed around the globe looking and hoping to find the Ark of the Covenant before it fell into the hands of the Nazis.

3 years later, the episode was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came in 1989.

Hold on to your hat! Harrison Ford will not be replaced as Indiana Jones even if there's a fifth installment of the franchise because a reboot would introduce a new character, producer Frank Marshall has said

On his promotion tour for his new movie Paranoia, Ford said: “We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and OK for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass.

In the third Indy film Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, released in 1989, former James Bond star Sean Connery played Ford's on-screen father Professor Henry Jones

“To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”

Irreplaceable: Ford, pictured in August, is 73. He reprised his iconic role of Han Solo for the Star Wars film The Force Awakens so it's not a stretch to think he could return as Indiana Jones in a supporting role in a reboot

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019”.

“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.”

Helping hand: In his fourth outing as the archaeologist and adventurer, Ford had an on-screen son played by Shia LaBeouf who helped him take on the Nazis once again in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, released in 2008

The four films have made nearly $2bn (£1.41bn) at the box office so far.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are to produce the new film.

George Lucas is currently busy with another movie. Steven Spielberg dropped out due to his engagements with his next movie project, American Sniper. In consideration of the unavoidable delays, Jones could be making contributions together with other famous 80’s actors on the coming blockbuster movie EXPENDABLES 3.