Chris Pratt plays Indiana Jones in deepfake video, fans say actor 'best choice' for series reboot
There's much reluctance for the idea of a franchise reboot, but most fans seem to be in agreement that if it has to happen, Chris Pratt is the best person to take on the lead role
A deepfake video created by YouTube user Shamook featuring Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones by using clips from several of the famous Harrison Ford-led movies has surfaced and it is generating a lot of buzz online. The reactions from fans are mostly positive, and Pratt may just be the next best person to take on the role of the adventuring treasure hunter.
As much as fans would hate to see it, the rebooting of the 'Indiana Jones' franchise is inevitable. It's too big, and too popular a property for film studios to leave untouched, despite the unpopularity of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' It's time for the torch to be passed, and Chris Pratt may just be the best person to be doing it.
This almost happened with Shia LaBeouf in 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' which was Harrison Ford's long-awaited return to the franchise. Revealed to be Indiana Jones' son, the movie introduced the idea of LaBeouf's character following his father's footsteps as a Nazi-fighting archaeologist adventurer. The movie's unpopularity put those plans on hold. A remake would have to start from scratch, overwriting the previous continuity, though that doesn't mean that Ford can't appear on it to pass the torch unofficially.
'Indiana Jones' is a franchise that blends humor with its adventuring, and that's exactly the kind of role that Chris Pratt has made a name for himself in ever since his appearance as Star-Lord in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' He's a hit with audiences, and there's never been a better time for him to take the lead for this beloved franchise. Fans online seem to agree, spurred by the popularity of the Deepfake video.
There's much reluctance for the idea of a franchise reboot, but most fans seem to be in agreement that if it has to happen, Pratt is the best person for it. "I don’t think that Indiana Jones should continue without Harrison Ford but if Disney wanted to milk the franchise out Chris Pratt would be the best choice," writes a Twitter user. "This deep fake is stupid. But if they were to make a new Indiana Jones, I could get on board with Chris Pratt," writes another.
"Ok, I can totally imagine Pratt as Indy. My issue isn't with who plays Indy, my issue would be rehashing the Indiana Jones franchise just to wrong more nostalgia money from fans. But yes, it would definitely work with Chris Pratt," says this fan. This one writes, "I think they should leave The Indiana Jones movies alone, but I would love to see a Indiana Jones like movie with Chris Pratt."
Some fans are more enthusiastic, 100% on board with this fancasting. "If @prattprattpratt takes over as Indiana Jones this will be entertaining. I imagined his lines in my head," writes one fan. "This is EXACTLY who I would have picked to reboot the Indiana Jones series. I thought him in Jurassic World was his audition tape for the role if I'm being honest," says this one. "I would watch an Indiana Jones movie with Chris Pratt as the lead. That's probably the best choice I can even think of for someone to replace Harrison Ford," says this fan.
Currently, there are no plans in the works for 'Indiana Jones,' either as a reboot or a sequel.