What good would an Indiana Jones film be without a Marcus Brody-type character? Seeing as the original Brody, Denholm Elliott, passed away in 1992, we've been wondering for awhile now whether Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were going to resurrect Brody in the body of a different actor for the fourth installment. Well, AICN tells us (via a tipster) that Jim Broadbent has confirmed that he will be playing that character in Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods (aka Indiana Jones 4), but he will not be taking on the role of Marcus Brody. Instead, according to the tipster, he'll be "the same kind of character in the story." Will he be Brody's brother? Brody's assistant? Or, how about making him a character named Broadbent? I'd like that.
Brody, as most of you most definitely remember, was Indy's bumbling old partner-in-crime and good friend. The character was absent in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (second film released, but first chronologically), but appeared in both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade. Broadbent is a wonderful character actor who last appeared as an Inspector in Hot Fuzz. Seeing as he kind of looks like Denholm Elliott, I'm surprised that they wouldn't just make him play Marcus Brody. Having him take on a character that's just like Brody would be kind of strange, unless, like I said before, he turned up as some long-lost family member. Which would be weird. And stupid. There hasn't been any official word of this casting, so for the time being chalk it up as just another rumor. Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods (working title) will hit theaters on May 22, 2008.