Shia LaBeouf will not return for Indiana Jones 5

"The Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film," confirmed screenwriter David Koepp

Shia Labeouf

In news that won’t disappoint anybody, it’s been confirmed that Shia LaBeouf will not be starring in the fifth Indiana Jones movie.

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Scheduled for release in 2020, the as-yet-untitled film is being written by David Koepp and will again star Harrison Ford and be directed by Steven Spielberg.

In an interview, writer Koepp – who also penned Spider-Man and Jurassic Park – confirmed the news regarding LaBeouf.

“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”

Ouch.

It’s perhaps not too surprising that LaBeouf got rather short shrift from Koepp. During an interview in 2010, the former Transformers actor said that Ford “wasn’t happy” with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and suggested that Spielberg had “dropped the ball” on the film.

Anyway, Koepp elaborated on what we can expect on the fifth Indie outing, adding that they were “plugging away” at the movie.

“In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” he said, adding that the plot would involve the characters looking for a “precious artefact” during the film.

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“I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with,” he continued. “Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post …. If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”