Jim Windolf certainly seems to think so. He’s the lucky SOB who got inside access to the set and key players of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His excellent article is on newsstands now in the current issue of Vanity Fair. Windolf apparently had a brain fart while writing the piece though as he’s only now realized what may have been the biggest bit of news gained from his interviews and set visit. He’s posted a web exclusive on VanityFair.com apologizing for his sin of omission.

His theory builds on the practically certain, all but confirmed rumor that Shia LaBeouf is playing Harrison Ford’s son in the movie… Junior Jr. maybe? He builds a fairly convincing argument for his ‘new trilogy’ theory based on interview snippets and George Lucas’ penchant for milking his fantasy worlds dry. When asked if the series will go beyond Indy IV, producer Frank Marshall responds, “We’re all getting too old. We have to hand the torch to somebody else. I don’t know who that’s going to be.” It seems clear that at least the on-screen talent portion of that “who” question is answered with Mr. LaBeouf. Spielberg has a gigantic robot-sized hard-on for the young star. (Have a seat Steven… I’m Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC…) Spielberg plucked LaBeouf from the Disney Channel wasteland and dropped him into Disturbia, Transformers, Indy IV, and the upcoming Eagle Eye. LaBeouf is also rumored to be on the shortlist for the role of Lincoln in Spielberg’s upcoming biopic…

Windolf believes the Vanity Fair cover photo showing Ford and LaBeouf side by side, the former in his trademarked and worn brown leather jacket and the latter in a stylin’ new black leather jacket, is a subliminal nod towards the torch (or whip) passing hands. Given the history of the Indiana Jones films and the decades that pass between installments, this rumor may be no more than that for now, so check back in another ten years.

Talking Points: Are you convinced by Windolf’s theory? If it’s true, are you excited by the prospect of future Indiana Jones movies without Harrison Ford? (You’re insane if you answer yes to that second question.)

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