Harrison Ford, Shia La Beouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and John Hurt are already set – but the big hold for the next “Indiana Jones” film was of course Sean Connery.
It now looks like an agreement couldn’t be reached in time for the 76-year-old acting veteran to return in a cameo role which Lucas had planned and talked about previously. The following statement was issued by Connery’s reps today:
“I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun.
I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, ‘Break a leg, everyone.’ I’ll see you on May 22, 2008 at the theater!”