Fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie to hit theaters in 2019

Harrison Ford Returning as "Indiana Jones"
Harrison Ford Returning as "Indiana Jones"

Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters.

Steven Spielberg will direct Harrison Ford in the untitled fifth installment in the classic action-adventure franchise, which will open July 19, 2019, Disney announced Tuesday.

"Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can't wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019," said Disney chairman Alan Horn. "It's rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn't be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven."

Franchise veterans Kathleen Marshall — who now is president of Lucasfilms — and Frank Marshall will produce. Disney, which owns Lucasfilms, home of the Indiana Jones franchise, is taking over duties from Paramount, which released the previous four films.

See photos of Harrison Ford through the years:

Ford will be 77 when the untitled Indiana Jones is released in theaters.

Spielberg has directed every film in the franchise. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the last film, opened in 2008 and starred Ford opposite Shia LaBeouf, who the producers hoped could over the baton, but the mission failed.

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