Though shooting hasn't started yet, George Lucas told USA Today that we should expect the first trailer for Indiana Jones 4 to arrive in our laps this Thanksgiving. In Lucas' perfect world, Thanksgiving is also the time when we will finally learn the official title (Indiana Jones and the Quest for a New Wheelchair?) for the film as well. Regarding whether or not Harrison Ford is in good enough shape to take on the role, Lucas says "He's not running in any of the movies. He's either on a horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he'll play his age in this movie with what's appropriate. The chases are more suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film -- it's not that he's running that fast, it's that there's a giant ball coming at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us."
But who will beat him up? Ever since Cate Blanchett was cast, folks immediately began speculating -- is she Indy's lover, his enemy ... or both? While USA Today calls Blanchett Indy's "new leading lady," apparently Lucas wasn't so keen on casting her. Says the Star Wars king, "That's who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director. I approved it because she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I told her, 'Hey, you work for me now!' " Wow, that last sentence made it seem as if Lucas wasn't the control freak most make him out to be. Then again, we all know how well Lucas' previous casting decisions (ahem, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman) turned out.
Oddly missing from the USA Today article were any Shia LaBeouf questions. Did he sign on for a role? Did Lucas tell Spielberg, "I'll give you Blanchett, but you're not getting LaBeouf?" While that mystery hangs out there, Lucas did say that Sean Connery appearing in the fourth installment as Indy's father was still a possibility. "We're still trying," he says. Well, I think I speak for all fans when I say, "try harder!"