Today we share an Indiana Jones 5 Connery tribute rumor from insider Daniel Richtman. Connery of course sadly passed away last year. Outside of James Bond Connery was most famous for playing Henry Jones Sr. Connery starred as Indy’s dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The veteran actor was also asked about making a brief appearance in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, though having already retired from working he declined the offer.
Instead, knowing Connery was truly retired, Spielberg Lucas decided to have Henry already dead. There is a small moment in the beginning of that movie where Indy looks at an image of his father and talks about what they have lost over the years. According to Richtman on his Patreon service, something similar is planned for Indy 5.
LRM contributor James, who subscribes to Richtman’s Patreon asked whether this would be similar to the photo from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to which Richtman replied “yes”. This is not a major surprise and I think it will be a nice touch to have Indy once again reference the passing of his father. This will be especially poignant this time around (if true) because of Connery’s real passing so recently.
Indy 5 will be written and directed by James Mangold and was expected to begin filming this May. However recent comments from actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Salah in the old movies threw doubt on this. Rhys-Davies said he’d love to find out if he is involved, but he doubted that production could begin as soon as May with everything that’s going on in the world. I guess that remains to be seen and so far we have heard of no official delay to Indy 5.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No Indiana Jones (movies) were made between 1989 and 2008. That 19 year gap was the perfect time to tell more Indiana Jones stories and at the time Connery could have been involved. Denholm Elliot sadly passed away back in 1992 at 70 years old, but he would have been the only actor Lucasfilm could not get back in the ’90’s. I guess the problem was that without George Lucas says so, there was no more Indy at that time. Lucas famously didn’t make any pictures until The Phantom Menace in 1999 because he was bringing up his adoptive children. We did get the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on TV, but they never really led anywhere interesting in the end.
Now it all just seems too late and too many years passed to properly bring back Indiana Jones. Ford is pushing 80 and outside of John Rhys-Davies and Karen Allen who is left? So yeah, I look forward to an Indiana Jones 5 Connery tribute, I do. I just wish we could have seen more Connery and Ford as the Jones’s back in the day.
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