Harrison Ford confirmed his next Indiana Jones film, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” will be his last.
The new film, the first in the series not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, is due to be released at the end of June. The first four films include “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
“This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I’ll play the character,” Ford told Total Film Magazine. “I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film.”
Ford, who will be 81 in July, said of a rumored TV show with Indiana Jones that he would “not be involved in that, if it does come to fruition.”
“I had been ambitious to do this film for 10 years, and there finally came a time when we all committed to that,” Ford acknowledged. “It was a joyous moment for me. I think it’s a rare situation that I find myself in. … I’ve been able to deliver amazing films developed by Steven and George over a 40-year period, and to end it not with a whimper, but a bang, has been my greatest ambition for this excursion.”
Ford’s acting career started with various TV roles in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. but he taught himself to become a professional carpenter. His breakthrough role came in George Lucas’ “American Graffiti” in 1973, followed by small roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s films “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” before he hit the jackpot when Lucas cast him as Han Solo in “Star Wars.”
Following “Star Wars,” Ford appeared in several films before he starred in “The Empire Strikes back and “Return of the Jedi.” But his move to holding a film up by himself came with “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” which propelled him into genuine stardom. He went on to star in “Blade Runner,” “Witness” and “The Mosquito Coast,” followed by playing Jack Ryan in “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.”
He also starred in the classic thriller “The Fugitive” and “Air Force One.”
“The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,”an American television series that aired in 1992-1993, gave Ford an opportunity to bookend one episode.