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'Indiana Jones' Rumor About Bradley Cooper Replacing Harrison Ford Denied [UPDATE]

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Because not every big casting rumor involves "Star Wars: Episode VII," Latino Review reports that Bradley Cooper is on a wish list of names to replace Harrison Ford in the "Indiana Jones" franchise. According to the site, which previously broke news about Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon in "Guardians of the Galaxy," it's still unclear if the fifth Indiana Jones film will feature Ford as the adventuring professor or a new actor picking up the baton, a la the James Bond franchise.

UPDATE No. 1: According to a source close to the production, Cooper is not under consideration to star and there are no plans to reboot the franchise with another actor. HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Cooper and "Indiana Jones" producer Frank Marshall for official comment on the casting rumor. This post will be updated again if they respond.

UPDATE No. 2: Marshall's office never responded, but the producer did tweet the following on Wednesday afternoon:

The original story continues below.

The fate of "Indiana Jones 5" has been a topic of conversation for actual years, and it was always assumed that Ford would be its star.

"He is Indiana Jones," producer George Lucas said about Ford before "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was released in 2008. "If Indiana Jones wasn't in it, you'd have to call it 'Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.'" (Williams was the character played by Shia LaBeouf in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.")

Last year, Ford suggested that he could still play the role, despite age. "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass," Ford, who turns 72 in July, told The Telegraph.

According to Latino Review, however, the "window" for having Ford reprise his role is closing. "There is a date and if 'Indiana Jones 5' is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100 percent prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy," the site reported.

For more on the "Indiana Jones 5" rumor, head to Latino Review.

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