George Lucas on Indiana Jones 4 !

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Indiana Jones 4 producer George Lucas talked to USA Today about the highly-anticipated film, to be directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett.

Lucas told the newspaper that shooting begins in Los Angeles this June and then it’s on to several top-secret global destinations. Lucas teased that one will include a waterfall.

Lucas said that Ford’s age (64) won’t be a problem. “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.”

Lucas, who also is in pre-production on a “bare-bones, action-heavy” “Star Wars” live-action TV series, said there’ll still be plenty of action in “Indy 4,” the official title of which he hopes to keep under wraps until the first trailer hits theaters around Thanksgiving.

Sean Connery has yet to sign on as Indiana’s father, Dr. Henry Jones, but Lucas said, “We’re still trying.”

It wasn’t his idea to cast Blanchett as Ford’s new leading lady, he added. “That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said of Spielberg. “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!'”

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