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Coming off the first critical and financial dud of his young directorial career, Steven Spielberg is taking to the reigns again and has begun casting for his next project – a swashbuckling adventure film about an archaeologist in search of the lost ark of the covenant, battling against the Nazi regime who also has an interest in potentially powerful artifacts.  Archaeologist sounds like Dreyfuss, but swashbuckling sounds like Scheider.

At this point they don’t seem interested in either as they’ve done tests with actors Tim Matheson (worked with Spielberg on said critical and financial bomb), Peter Coyote (was ominously born in the year of the title of said critical and financial bomb), and Tom Selleck (I got nothin’).

Selleck, a man of impressive facial hair and many appearances on television shows of the past decade, appears to be the front-runner for the lead role – and it’s probably due to the lack of direct, or indirect, connection to Spielberg’s last film.

We can only hope that the Spielberg that shows up this time around is the one who gave us two of the premiere pictures of the 1970s, and not the one who gave us one of the premiere failures of the 1970s.  Hopefully, 1941 was a fluke and with Raiders of the Lost Ark he’ll get back on track for that promising career ahead of him.

But, really, how can we expect him to live up to the most successful film ever made?

Raiders is set to start filming in late June.

What say ye? Will Raiders of the Lost Ark be Spielberg’s return to form, or will it further his delve into an abyss of failed promises? Will Selleck be the one to help yank him out? Do you even know who he is?

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