Back in January, we reported that Sean Connery had been approached to play Indy's father. Then last month, George Lucas told USA that they were still trying to get Connery for the part. Now a month later in an interview with Reuters, it sounds like there's been no improvement.
"We have a script with him in it," he said. "If he doesn't do it, we'll do a quick rewrite."It's interesting to see how calm Lucas appears about having to do a rewrite if they can't get Connery. Especially considering how much of a pain the ass Lucas has been about the script in the past. In April, frustrated screenwriter Frank Darabont told MTV.com "I spent a year of very determined effort on something I was very excited about, working very closely with Steven Spielberg and coming up with a result that I and he felt was terrific. ...and then suddenly the whole thing goes down in flames because George Lucas doesn't like the script."
Now with less than a month before photography is scheduled to start and a principal part of the cast still not inked, Lucas seems unconcerned by all of it. This leads me to believe that deep down, underneath that cool demeanor lurks a filmmaker in panic mode. And he should be. To do the next installment of the Indiana Jones franchise without Sean Connery would make for a far less successful film.
They may be able to write him out of the script, but without Connery, the film is not going to be as good as we all hope.