When the fifth Indiana Jones movie, which is currently in development, hits movie screens, it will be without one not-so-beloved character. Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams will not be returning.
The news comes via Entertainment Weekly, who talked to screenwriter David Koepp about his work on the work-in-progress Indiana Jones 5.
“Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” Koepp said. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
While not a surprise, the news is certainly welcome. Mutt Williams, who was positioned as a potential successor to Indy in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, never quite felt right as the heir to the Jones legacy. He’s goofy in a way that doesn’t fit, and worse yet, he isn’t very interesting. Not to mention it’s hard to even imagine the post-Even Stevens era Shia LaBeouf replaced by the crying-in-a-theatre Shia in a series aiming for narrative continuity.
Koepp goes on to say that, while it’s unclear when production will start, “we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with.” It’s all up to director Steven Spielberg and returning star Harrison Ford now.
As for Mutt’s wherabouts in the fifth film, which is currently planned for 2019, I would check the refrigerator.