Shia LaBeouf: Jonesing to Edge Out Ford?

Director George Lucas let drop a little secret while promoting Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the Cannes Film Festival: He’s considering producing further installments of the series, but with Shia LaBeouf—who plays a supporting part in the new flick—in the main role instead of an increasingly geriatric Harrison Ford.

“I haven’t even told Steven [Spielberg] or Harrison this,” reports Lucas as revealing, “but I have an idea to make Shia the lead character next time and have Harrison come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.”

Ouch! Ford surely enjoyed finding out that Lucas doesn’t think he has enough snap in his whip anymore through a media outlet. Though, really, he should have seen this coming (unless he didn’t have his bifocals on). He’s 65 now, and it’s doubtful audiences will shell out to watch Indiana Jones and the Ordeal of the Unopenable Prescription Bottles.

If the elder actor was upset by the revelation, though, he kept it under wraps. Kind of. It’s difficult to not read a little bit of sulk into his response: “I have no cheeky answer for [that]. I just work here. I’m glad to work here,” Ford told MTV News. “Till they tell me otherwise, I will continue to be Indiana Jones.”

There, there, Harry. We’re sure Lucas and Spielberg can find extra work for you as Mummy #11 in future Indiana Jones films. If not, you could always contact Geritol about an endorsement deal.