Chris Pratt, America's favorite bumbling office buffoon turned hunky space cowboy (and part-time dinosaur hunter), could inherit Harrison Ford's infamous fedora and bullwhip as the next Indiana Jones.
Deadline reports that Disney is seeking the Guardians of the Galaxy star to take over as 'Indiana' Jones in the eponymous film franchise. According to the site, the studio bought the rights to the franchise from Paramount in 2013 and is eager to capitalize on the acquisition with a reboot of the beloved franchise.
This news is either great or terrible for fans of Steven Spielberg's swashbuckling archaeologist, depending on how you received 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That film introduced Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams, Indy's son and implied heir to the franchise. Remember that guy?
For many Indy fans, Pratt's casting could save the character from ruin. After all, Pratt's proved himself effective as a rebellious scoundrel in Guardians, and a strong performance in the new Jurassic Park film could solidify his status as adventurous leading man. It helps that Pratt is also rumored to be joining the cast of director Antoine Fuqua's "Magnificent Seven" remake alongside Denzel Washington.
Then again, this is just one report: The Week's Scott Meslow notes that Bradley Cooper was widely rumored in 2013 to be the favorite to star in a reboot of the franchise, though producer Frank Marshall shot those rumors down:
If Pratt is cast, he should start studying now: He's got a big, er, fedora to fill.