'Indiana Jones 5' Director Denies Rumors of Phoebe Waller-Bridge Replacing Harrison Ford
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Filmmaker James Mangold insists 'no one will ever replace Indiana Jones' amid speculations that the 'Fleabag' actress will take over the franchise as a new lead star.

AceShowbiz - James Mangold has shut down rumours that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. After joining the action franchise for the upcoming fifth movie as Indy's goddaughter Helena, the "Fleabag" actress is rumored to become a new lead star as film chiefs have shot a series of possible endings - including the death of the legendary archaeologist.

Taking to social media, filmmaker James is quick to deny speculation that Indy will be replaced and refute claims that the movie has received poor test screenings. "No one will ever replace Indiana Jones. Not in any script. Not in any cut. Never discussed," tweeted the director - who takes over from Steven Spielberg behind the camera on the upcoming film.

A source at Disney Studios had told the Mail on Sunday newspaper, "A handful of different endings have been shot and are being shown to test audiences. In one, Indy dies but not before handing over his bullwhip to Phoebe's character."

James Mangold denies rumors of poor test screenings

James Mangold denies rumors of poor test screenings

Harrison has praised Phoebe and says her presence is a "significant" reason why the movie will delight audiences. Speaking at a Disney event to promote the movie, the 80-year-old star pointed at his colleague and said, "I'm very proud to say that this film is fantastic and this is one of the reasons."

" 'Indiana Jones' movies are about mystery and adventure but they're also about heart. And I'm really happy that we have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that will kick you’re a**."

Ford has confirmed that this will be his final outing as Indy and production on the movie had to be delayed after he injured his right arm during a fighting sequence. He said, "This is it. I will not fall down for you again."

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