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Indiana Jones and the 300 Spartans?

Gerard Butler plays the “world’s greatest adventurer” in Nim’s Island.
However, before production began, studio insiders-and countless bloggers-questioned whether Ford still had the “pep” to play the character.

Though Spielberg and Producer George Lucas signed a five-picture Indiana Jones deal with Paramount back in the 1970s, the series effectively ended after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) because Spielberg felt that there were no further plot devices remaining to propel the story forward. Additionally, Lucas stated that he wanted to devote his attention to the Star Wars prequels.

While it is unlikely that Spielberg and Lucas would have ever cast another actor in the role, a recent shot of Gerard Butler from the set of Nim’s Island gives fandom a look at what a replacement for Indy might have looked like.

Also starring Abigail Breslin and Jodi Foster, Nim’s Island is based on the book by Wendy Orr. Butler’s name is attached and the photo accompanying this article was released on Wendy Orr’s blog page, but it is unclear which character he will be portraying.

Nim’s Island synopsis, courtesy of the themovieinsider.com:

A heartfelt and hilarious adventure that chronicles the exploits of Nim, a young girl living a high-tech Robinson Crusoe existence on an unspoiled tropical island with her scientist father and her best friends—a motherly sea lion, a rambunctious iguana, and a sea turtle. When Nim's father embarks on a day of research at sea, she begins an unlikely e-mail communication with an agoraphobic novelist who lives in New York City. When a storm prevents her father's return and unpredictable dangers confront Nim and the Island, she must find the resources to survive. At the same time, the novelist begins to realize that her pen pal is not a scientist, but a little girl who is alone and in trouble, she also has to dig down for the courage to leave her safe haven and rescue Nim.


Nim’s Island is scheduled to be released April 25, 2008.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is scheduled for a May 22, 2008 release.


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Brent Sprecher
11/15/2007
www.themovieinsider.com

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