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Old 06-08-2007, 02:37 PM
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Source: Paramount Pictures
June 7, 2007

John Hurt has joined the previously-announced Cate Blanchett and Ray Winstone in Indiana Jones 4, while Sean Connery has made it official that he won't be returning. Here's the official press release:

Several stars have thrown their hats into the ring to join Harrison Ford and Shia LeBeouf in Indiana Jones' latest whip-cracking adventure. Next year, when the new Indiana Jones movie opens worldwide on May 22, Indy will share the screen with Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and John Hurt.

Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett has established herself as one of the preeminent leading actresses in film today, earning her first Best Actress nomination for her title role in Elizabeth, for which she received a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award. She continued to draw acclaim for significant roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Notes on a Scandal and Babel. In 2005, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, and this year was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Cate is currently filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button costarring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher.

Known for his layered and nuanced performances of tough guys, Ray Winstone drew international praise for his role as Gal Dove in Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast. His recent screen credits include Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, and Anthony Minghella’s Breaking & Entering. Winstone's voice can be heard as Mr. Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Ray will next be seen in the title role of Beowulf opening November 16, 2007 directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Academy Award nominee John Hurt, whose career in film spans more than 40 years, has played memorable roles in movies both big and small. His impressive body of work includes such films as V for Vendetta, Elephant Man, 1984, Midnight Express, Contact, and Alien. On television, he won world-wide acclaim for his role of Caligula in "I, Claudius" and Quentin Crisp, in "The Naked Civil Servant".

While the man with the hat is back, this time he's not bringing his Dad. Sean Connery, who retired from acting in 2005, said:

"I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, 'Break a leg, everyone.' I'll see you on May 22, 2008 at the theater!"
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:13 PM
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George Lucas and Spielberg need to get their fracking act together and get the Man back on the screen. This movie will be that much less without the Sir in it.
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:52 PM
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Yea, CNN said last night that Connery would not return. It would have been nice, but oh well.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:17 PM
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Sean Connery, who retired from acting in 2005, said:
Judging by his later performances he retired from 'acting' a lot earlier than 2005!
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:14 PM
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George Lucas and Spielberg need to get their fracking act together and get the Man back on the screen. This movie will be that much less without the Sir in it.
Sorry, man I've got to disagree there. As much as I do like Connery in movies like 'The Untouchables' and as Draco in 'Dragonheart', etc. he's made some poor choices and he was always cantankerous to deal with on movie sets and stuff and I'm sure that hasn't improved over the years.

Plus, while I enjoyed his performance in Last CRusade I like Indy better when he's sort of "On his own" like he was in Temple of Doom. Sure he had Short Round and that ruled, and the girl but that's it. I don't want a part or "fellowship" adventuring in an Indy film that's one of the reasons that I didn't enjoy Last Crusade as the best of the Indy movies, still like it but prefer the first two most.
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He has to at least make a cameo, and his "I'll see you on May 22, 2008 at the theater!" comment may at least hint to that.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:38 AM
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Plus, while I enjoyed his performance in Last CRusade I like Indy better when he's sort of "On his own" like he was in Temple of Doom. Sure he had Short Round and that ruled, and the girl but that's it. I don't want a part or "fellowship" adventuring in an Indy film that's one of the reasons that I didn't enjoy Last Crusade as the best of the Indy movies, still like it but prefer the first two most.
Agreed... The first two movies did perfectly well without Sssshhhhean Connery gracing them with his presence.

Still, with or without him, I'm not holding out much hope for this installment. I'm not a great fan of Shia LeBeouf, I wasn't a big fan of Short Round in the series either, the thought of Indy dragging his kid around is not particularly appealing to me.

I'll keep an open mind though and hope it turns out for the best. I just reckon they should have left the series as it was.
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Indiana Jones photo!
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Thanks for the photo MrEnglish! He looks better than I expected.
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Shia and Harrison in Indy 4
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