Should Robert Pattinson be cast as Indiana Jones in the franchise’s reboot?

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Here are some photos of Robert Pattinson at the Sydney Film Festival premiere of The Rover, also starring Guy Pearce (who is in some of these photos too, looking sexy). Rob looked nice at the premiere, and after Cannes, you can tell that he’s really proud to be a part of this film. He’s getting great reviews too, some of the best reviews of his life.

While in Australia, Rob did a panel Q&A session with Guy and director David Michod. There were some interesting details that came out – Michod said that Rob asked for white bread and barbecue sauce every day of filming. That’s what he lived on. Rob complained about all of the flies when they filmed in the Outback, but he said he enjoyed meeting some of the wacky Aussie characters, like: “I also met this bar man who told me he was part of Anonymous and on the run from M16… and then there was the extra who claimed he assassinated (John F) Kennedy in 1967.” Other details: Rob drinks his coffee with six sugars!

In other Sparkles news, some UK paper tried to start a rumor last week that Rob was going to be cast as a young Indiana Jones in a possible/probable reboot of the franchise. While I believe the franchise is going to be rebooted – Disney and Paramount reached a deal last year to make more Indiana Jones films – but the rumors about Sparkles are premature at best and completely ridiculous at worst. The Daily Beast has a piece “dream-casting” the young Indy, and they put Sparkles on the list too. While I think Rob would probably be charming as a young Indiana Jones… I don’t know, he’s just not right for the part. At all. It should go to someone like Garrett Hedlund anyway.

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    NO. Garrett Hedlund missed out on Star Wars and The Hunger Games (which I’m still bitter about, he would have been the perfect Finnick), let him have this franchise! I don’t think Rob wants another one so soon after Twilight anyway.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    Reboot Indy??? NO!

    • mia girl says:

      Exactly. It starts and ends there. No new Indy.

      No one is right for this. Some movies are just moments in time created perfectly by cast and crew and title characters are fused to the actor who played them. In this case, no one can pull off Indy like Ford.

      Next thing you know they will reboot The Godfather and put Johnny Depp as Don Corleone.

      Stop it Hollywood just stop.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Having Don Juan DeMarco flashbacks here.

      • Meerkat says:

        Talk about trying to wring the soul out of great films! He is not, and never will be, Indy. I remember seeing the first Indiana Jones in Singapore and walking out afterwards into the aromatic humidity and thinking “Whoa!”. But I have to say that I hated the Temple of Doom one.

      • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

        Yes, mia girl, I kinda remember when the first one came out; Harrison Ford was on magazine covers, and it was huge; the opening chase and escape sequence is classic. RP doesn’t have the ruggedness, earthiness, offhanded charm and slyness that Harrison Ford displayed.

      • jane16 says:

        What mia said. Plus GOD NO!!!

    • LT says:

      Noooooooo!!!! Raiders is my favorite movie of all time – I was obsessed with it when I was a kid (saw it 10 – yes, 10 – times in the theater). Temple of Doom was terrible, Last Crusade was pretty good and I couldn’t even get through the monstrosity that was number 4. I don’t trust them to not completely screw this up, particularly if Lucas has anything to do with it. But if they insist, please get a decent leading man – RP is a wuss. Harrison Ford’s Indy was the perfect combination of rugged and cerebral.

      Blech.

      • Mauibound says:

        Oh yes, Raiders is my fav of all time! I think they should leave it alone, although I am intrigued with what they could do with it

    • GeeMoney says:

      +10000000000000000000000000

  3. allons-y alonso says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  4. NewWester says:

    Just wrong on so many levels

  5. mom2two says:

    No. No. No. No x 1,000,0000. They need an actor with charisma. That is not Robert Pattinson or really Garrett Hedlund. I can’t see either one of these two playing that role.

    • Stephanie says:

      I agree. Pattinson does not have the acting chops to pull this off.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Tbh I don’t think Indiana Jones’ role needs particularly impressive acting chops – but it does need a very distinct and manly type of charisma which Pattinson just does not have.

      • Isadora says:

        Isn’t he also a bit young? I mean… Harrison Ford was in his 40s for Indiana Jones. Robert Pattinson is all of 28. He’s not a believable college professor if you ask me.

        River Phoenix who played young Indy in the Last Crusade would now be perfect. That’s so sad… :(

      • LT says:

        Yes – unless they wanted to start the story earlier, like when he was still a student of Abner Ravenwood and first dating Marion (who was evidently all of 16 when they first hooked up).

        I need to stop with this thread or I’m going to start spewing Raiders trivia and reliving my incredibly dorky childhood .

    • kri says:

      Um, NO. I like Robert just fine, but not for Indy. I have someone in mind for that role, but I won’t say who cause I will be shamed off this board. And no on Hedlund too, although I think he is v. talented.

      • Madi says:

        Come on kri; who?? James Franco? Chris Evans? Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Shia LaBeouf? Jonah Hill?

      • Isadora says:

        Jonah Hill!! LOL

        Please tell us who’s on your mind! I’m so curious! I’m going to throw in the worst possibility so you are free to speak your mind as it will be way better than what I’m suggesting now: Eddie Cibrian. Ha!

  6. PunkyMomma says:

    Please, no. So wrong on so many levels. Despite his protests regarding another franchise, I totally believe he’d jump at the chance to play Indiana Jones. And what a casting mistake that would be – Rob cracking a bull whip? I think not.

    • Anname says:

      Disagree that he would ever want this.
      He said on this press tour he isn’t a traditional leading man – he said he would like “a psycho” killing someone with a little quip at the end. He knows it not him, so NO, he wouldn’t be offered this franchise and he knows he wouldn’t want it. He likes the offbeat stuff, and is more suited to “oddballs” as he said.
      The whole rumor was ridiculous.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        I agree Anname the rumor was ridiculous, but IIRC, Rob threw major shade at celebrity endorsements for quite a while, and now, voila, The Face of Dior Homme. He has a price, make no mistake.

      • Anname says:

        He shaded the endorsements back at the height of the Edward Cullen madness, because he knew they wanted Edward to endorse the product, not Rob Pattinson. Different stage of his career now, the endorsement allows him to focus on non-commercial movies and still make good $$ and keep his face out there. It’s not a bad thing to realize that something that was wrong for you at 21 might be ok at 28.

        Based on his comments this past week, he has a healthy understanding of what roles he is suited, and he isn’t going to take a movie just for $$ at this point in his career (thanks to Dior he doesn’t have to). I am guessing here, but I think he wouldn’t turn down a big studio movie if he liked the role, but it wouldn’t be an Indiana Jones type, I would bet.

      • Jojoann says:

        Pattinson IS Edward to everyone other than his internet fanbase. He has no cache of his own outside of that franchise which is why he cant get butts into movie theatres without Edward. And God please keep this pretty boy out of Indiana Jonses manly boots.

    • CG says:

      +1. I really don’t want him ruining Indiana Jones. And did he mean that the extra assassinated Bobby Kennedy in ’68? JFK was shot in ’63. I’m sure that dude is totally a CIA-trained assassin! :p

    • Geekychick says:

      As I see it, this are the facts: the guy whined against the endorsements, because he wants to be a real actor. Now, he’s a lead in Dior Homme campaigne.
      It’s the same how he shaded paparazzi and actors going out where they now paps are waiting, and then he spent a year after Stewart at Chateu Marmont.
      Yeah, if he was a woman, or a girl-we’d be quick to say he’s got a price. and quick to judge and criticize. Oh, the double standard!
      But no, he evolved and grew up and we finally see him as Robert Pattinson, desirable man.
      Come on, be honest-how many people/moviegoers/teenagers today, in 2014., think he is the be-all, end-all ultimate sexy beast? He got Dior Homme because he was in Twillight, let’s be real. He didn’t get it based on Cosmopolis.
      The point is-who would get the idea to cast him in some imaginary, far-off Indiana Jones reboot, except for his PR team? PR team of a man who is not interested in franchises. Yeah, the same way he was against the endorsments.
      Let’s not forget that he was against all of those at the height of his fame. After Twilight, the story changes.

  7. Tx says:

    No. Not because I dislike him, but because the franchise shouldn’t be rebooted. Stop it Hollywood. Just…….stop it.

    • Nicolette says:

      Agree. I really like him, but I’m so tired of Hollywood rebooting films. Can they not think of anything original anymore? Harrison Ford was and always will be Indiana Jones. The series was so well done, why mess with it?

    • Isadora says:

      I don’t know… hm.. I mean “NOOO! NOT INDY!! was basically my first reaction, but actually I think those were lovely stories for young people and although Harrison Ford was iconic in them… it could actually work to reboot this if the right people are behind it. And that’s the weak/hopeless point – the right people. Because the last film (sidenote: I don’t count it actually, for ME the the last IJ movie was the Last Crusade) was an incredible disaster. Shia LaDouche and everything… horrible…

      And of course right at the moment there are WAY too many reboots out there…

  8. Lex says:

    Hollywood. FCKING STOP!!!!! NO MORE REBOOTS, EVER!!!!!!!

    • Algernon says:

      Hollywood has been rebooting/remaking films forever. The Wizard of Oz was a remake. It’s always been part of the fabric of filmmaking and always will be. What we should be hoping for is fresh, interesting reboots/remakes where they bring something new to the table.

      • LT says:

        Wizard of Oz was a remake? Huh?

      • Algernon says:

        @LT

        There was a Broadway musical and three silent films before it was made in sound/color in 1939. It was considered, even back then, a remake. But everyone loved the story so no one cared, which is how it goes with remakes. When they’re good, no one cares it’s a remake.

  9. Secret Squirrel says:

    Hmmmmm, let me think about it for a min…NO!

    • L says:

      You had to think for a whole minute? :D
      I didn’t even make it to the page, just read the title and my answer was NO. Gah. No. No. Nope.

  10. KinChicago says:

    No!

  11. Lilacflowers says:

    Thank you so much for the Guy Pearce pictures. Pedro Pascal and Guy Pearce pictures are a nice way to start a Monday.

  12. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    NO. He seems nice, but totally wrong for the part.

  13. m says:

    NOOO!!!
    No to the actor and a BIG NO to the reboot!!!!

  14. T.fanty says:

    How’s this for a suggestion? Leave great movies alone, use whatever over-inflated CGI budget was put aside for this mediocrity to pay for a screenwriter to think up an original idea.

    Crazy, I know. But it just might work.

    • Anname says:

      Edge of Tomorrow, perfect example of what you’re suggesting. Unfortunately it’s not doing as well as they would have hoped.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        @ Anname – That’s more about the cast than the plot, although I haven’t seen it so am presuming…

        @ T.fanty, Hollywood is incapable of an original idea, or straying from the one chosen plot path if they do (boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy nearly dies, girl loves boy, boy loves girl, boy and girl hump in sexually explicit scene(s), girl’s father hates boy, boy saves girl’s father’s life, girl’s father likes boy, everyone lives happily ever after, movie ends).

      • Intro Outro says:

        I wonder if HW’s current cycle of reboots, franchises and biopics will ever end..

      • 'P'enny says:

        @intro

        Probably not. I am getting pretty fed up of Disney remakes and reboots. Always room for franchises, just don’t make them too big or extended. Stop at 3. we get bored more than that. Marvel is going to be boring the life off everyone by the time Cap America 3 comes out. Only so many films you can feature Chris Evans and Iron man. And another Star Trek on way and now, another Star Wars and Blade Runner the second. Another Pirates of the Carribbean,

        And now Disney want to reboot Indy, time they hired some new writers.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Big YES to all you’ve said, @’P'enny. Also also – poor both Chrises lol.

      • Isadora says:

        I think they would like to make Indy into some kind of James Bond. And this one survived over all these years (and rather awful movies in between).

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree.
      The other thing they could do is take the $200+ million for this and make 7 or 8 $25-30 million budget films that would probably turn a decent profit. I’ve seen many actors/directors/writers say that those level films are almost impossible to get made right now – everything is a huge budget CGI fest, or a bare bones budget indie.

      • 'p'enny says:

        best comment i’ve read for ages. :-)

      • pru says:

        District 9 comes to mind. Original story and much smaller budget.

      • Isadora says:

        Yes. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel had such a budget and it was an incredibly lovely film if you ask me and from what I’ve seen from B.O. figures and stuff on the internet people LOVED it. Can’t wait for the DVD.

  15. Rie526 says:

    I agree! Indiana Jones is a classic and shouldn’t be remade.

  16. Lilacflowers says:

    Really think Indiana Jones should be left alone – the last one was awful. But if they must reboot, please no Shia LeBeouf.

  17. Mia4S says:

    Hahahahaha! *deep breath* hahahahaha!

    Seriously, I’m not remotely a fan but even I don’t think he is stupid enough to imagine he could pull that off.

  18. Leah says:

    NO!!!

  19. Geekychick says:

    WHAT?? It barely survived Shia, now you want to kill it and burn it to the ground??? Indiana Jones should be intelligent action and fun, not a guy staring endlessly with half open mouth, whispering. Please, HW have mercy!!!!

    • iheartjacksparrow says:

      Yeah, I thought the franchise was being given to Shia. I guess someone woke up and realized that Shia couldn’t act. And I agree with everyone that’s already stated that Indy should not be rebooted. If Harrison is too old, then start up a new character who’s Indy’s protege or something. It’s just like almost every other movie they’ve tried to remake or reboot (Psycho, Carrie, ad nauseam): those movies were just the right casts at just the right time and made indelible impressions on people. If I went to see an Indy reboot, all I’d be thinking is how rotten the new person is and why didn’t they just leave the franchise alone.

      • MeganDraper65 says:

        Shia lost the franchise when he criticized George Lucas. Speilberg knew the film was amess but he couldn’t or wouldn’t say anything to George.

  20. daisyfly says:

    He can play Indie in my bedroom and search for the holy grail in my pants.

    Other than that, no.

  21. Jana says:

    It should never be remade. No one will ever be able to match Harrison Ford.

  22. Kaylen says:

    LUKE GRIMES! He’d make the best Indiana.

  23. ds says:

    Now this is some pretty s**tty list if I may say….

  24. rrabbit says:

    The Indiana Jones reboot looks inevitable – Harrison Ford is getting too old, and there is money to be made.

    But casting Pattinson would be a big mistake.

  25. Anname says:

    It’s unfortunate these stupid rumors start up so much mocking chatter. It is going to take Rob a very long time to shake the bad-sparkly actor reputation, but I think he will get there eventually.

  26. ds says:

    Tom Hardy?

    • 'P'enny says:

      yes, to Tom Hardy, but a major no to Robert Pattinson, he is to young. The character works better with someone in their thirties, preferably later.

      in fact Benedict Cumberbatch would make a better Indy, but if they want to go with an American actor then I would go for someone funny and geeky like Jason Segal.

      However, no to rebooting anyway.

      New ideas, please.

      • Kaylen says:

        There is no way I can see Cumberbatch pulling off the rough, outdoorsy vibe of Indiana.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Agreed, @Kaylen. Imo not his role at all.

      • 'P'enny says:

        yeah, but Indiana is an academic to begin with, bookish and cute glasses. I can see Benny pulling it off, esp if he delivers it with a Sherlocky hair ruffle.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Oh I agree that de jure Jones is a scientist, too, but he still gives off an air of a, well, very unconventional and rough academic :D Not at all like Cumby imo.

      • Jamie says:

        Given the complaining that Pattinson is too wussy and pale to play Indy, I can’t see how Cumberbatch would be any better. Cumberbatch is the epitome of a pale poshy British dude.

        If you’re gonna say Rob isn’t right for the role (and I agree, he isn’t) at least come up with a better replacement than Cumberbatch. Or Segal. I can’t think of 3 guys less suited to the part.

      • 'p'enny says:

        @jamie

        oh okay then, Jason segal was a bit of a trolling suggestion, i couldn’t think of anyone. LMAO but, i’ve eaten now. So how about Chris Pine, Evans or Hemsworth, Charlie Hunnam? or any choice of blonde and beautiful ikea style-actors?

        If you going to reboot, there can’t hire an actor who is going to try and be Harrison mark 2. It just wouldn’t work and it’s good to sort of pick different style of actor. It’s like if they recast Han Solo i would die! it would be impossible.

        anyway, my objection to Sparkles is he is too young, and i prefer an older person.

      • Isadora says:

        Oh… I wasn’t the only one with a weird CumbyIndy idea! yeah, ‘p’enny! *high five*

        And yes, he’s not exactly the manly hunky type but he is believable as professor… which Pattinson is not.

        Oh.. and blond and ikea… had me thinking of Alexander Skarsgard.

    • Rice says:

      Yes please!

  27. Tig says:

    Actually, Tom Hardy makes sense. I don’t see Rob P having any interest in going anywhere near this reboot. Like he said- he doesn’t gravitate towards blockbusters, and they don’t gravitate towards him. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that grumpy H Ford is having anything to do with the new SW movie, or the Blade Runner reboot conversations.

    What will be interesting to watch will be the reaction to the inevitable T’light reboot, and that casting.

    • kri says:

      I don’t want a reboot. And I want Tom to always be British forever. As much as I worship him, he wouldn’t be The One for Indy I have in mind.

  28. The Original Mia says:

    NO!!!! A thousand times NO!

    Tom Hardy could do it.

  29. A.Key says:

    NO.

    And no to Hardy too.

    Get a new face if you must reboot it. I’m sick of seeing the same faces over and over again. As if there aren’t enough young, good, desperate and poor actors out there.

  30. nicegirl says:

    Garret Hedlund. Indiana Jones needs to be rugged and sexy

  31. sauvage says:

    OF COURSE NOT, INDIANA JONES NEEDS TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR!

    • Jamie says:

      You can say a lot of things about Robert, but that he doesn’t have a sense of humour isn’t one of them. Have you ever seen one of his interviews? He’s quite charming and self effacing.

      • sauvage says:

        Okay, my bad. I always thought of him as this sullen, thoughtful kid with a hint of artsy depression, but I may be just prejudiced because of Twilight.

  32. Jaderu says:

    No. Not Indy. Not my Indy.
    Sparkles however would be fantastic for the Gremlins reboot that I just heard about. (writing stage I think?)
    Slap a white mohawk wig on his head and he can play Stripe.

  33. Fan says:

    No, get somebody that looks almost like Harrison Ford. Otherwise, it will not feel like Indiana Jones at all.

  34. Micah says:

    The character of Indy is very rugged, and more action hero.

    Pattinson – Seriously?!……..Dude’s a Marshmallow.

    More importantly, F@#*! another reboot……Hollywood, has no more ideas, and continually ruins movies with remakes.

  35. jinni says:

    I know they’re going for young but I believe someone like Michael Fassbender would be a better choice for Indiana Jones. He’s kind of rugged and looks like someone who has adventures and lived life but he still is young. IDK, Pattinson just seems more Jonny Quest than Jones, but than maybe that’s what Disney’s going for.

  36. lindyuk says:

    Who starts these stupid rumours? Rob has stated in his recent interviews that he wouldn’t be interested in doing anything remotely like this LOL!!! To be honest I couldn’t see him doing this sort of role either.

    I loved Harrison Ford back in the late 70′s and 80′s BUT I remember when the first Star Wars came out thinking that he wasn’t a particularly brilliant actor and that he delivered his lines in a bit of a monotone…..but…gosh he was gorgeous! And look how his career has turned out. It’s a funny old world….

  37. serena says:

    Oh no, he should stay away from reboots (which always sucks) and big franchise movies for a while.

  38. fany says:

    WOW LMAO. So much love for Pattison on celebitchy i dont care for him but he is sweet and not bad looking

  39. mkyarwood says:

    Why does everything from the late 70′s/80′s need a reboot? Just because we have special effects now doesn’t make any of these reboots any good. I’m not even into the ‘new’ Star Wars Owned by Disney thing yet.

  40. K-rock says:

    No no no! He’s not rugged enough. Although you never know so never say never, but I don’t see him as the uber masculine type.

  41. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    Stuff like these constant reboots and rehashing of old ideas is precisely why I patronize my local independent theatre. I know it’s not an option for everyone, it wasn’t for me until very recently–but I get to see all sorts of great original films. Foreign, art, limited release and no cgi!

  42. Skins says:

    If they want an Indiana Jones who nobody can understand what he is saying, Sparkles is your man

  43. magpie says:

    Indy has to be super sexy with tons of charisma. And not too famous and not too young. I vote Pablo Pascal!

  44. Corrie says:

    Going against the grain. Rob Patts could definitely be Indiana Jones. He’s going to co-star in the original story. I don’t see him as not Manly enough just like i dont see certain women as not womenly enough. Horrible stereotype you’e setting. Hes a strong actor. Get over your hate ladies.

  45. Bread and Circuses says:

    I like Sparkles, but John Hamm would be the perfect new Indiana Jones. Just sayin’.

  46. mayamae says:

    An in-shape Russell Crowe would be a perfect physical choice. He’s ruggedly handsome, buff enough to make his physical feats believable, and at an age where it’s realistic that he’s accomplished so much, but still young enough to have young students sighing over him.

    Unfortunately, Russell Crowe is humorless.

  47. Jules says:

    Nope.

  48. GIRLFACE says:

    I agree that John Hamm would be a great Indiana Jones! I don’t know I think Robert Pat could do it justice too.

  49. lindyuk says:

    Joking aside about Rob’s hands…I actually find mens finely shaped hands VERY attractive….and Robert has the most beautiful hands I think I’ve ever seen on a man….I just find beautiful shaped hands fascinating….probably because mine are anything but…..

  50. FingerBinger says:

    I always thought The Mummy movies were a kind of reboot of the Indian Jones movies. IMO Hollywood should just retire the Indiana Jones movies. They need to stop doing remakes and reboots.

  51. Dreamyk says:

    Scott Eastwood. No idea if he can act. He sure looks purdy, though :D

    • Canopy says:

      Scott Eastwood is a good one. Maybe Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. But no on Rob P.

  52. Nightykickedout says:

    Tired of them redoing everything… There’s only one Indy , the one played by Harrison Ford….
    Just use your imagination Hollywood and come up with new characters, stories, adventures,
    everything is a repetition…
    Why do they keep ruining the greatest movies of all times?????

  53. pru says:

    Nopity, nope, nope, nope!
    The originals were perfect and no one will compare to Harrison Ford (who is also one of the few be successful in two franchises at the same time)!

  54. Goodnight says:

    Normally I hate reboots, but honestly, with the pure crap that was Crystal Skull, how could a reboot be any worse?

    As someone majoring in archaeology I HATE Indiana Jones. He is the worst archaeologist ever. He steals things, he’s a mass murderer, he destroys sites that should be preserved, and he basically just does everything an archaeologist is ethically obligated to never, ever do.

    I liked the first 3 movies, they were fun even though I hate Indiana Jones himself as an archaeologist. But really, Crystal Skull was awful and if they did a reboot they could maybe make Indy a little more ethically responsible?

  55. Lis says:

    How about instead of remaking movies, use some creativity and come up with new movies? I know, it’s a far fetched idea … but maybe it will catch on. :P