The screenwriter of “Indiana Jones 5,” David Koepp, has confirmed that Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams is not included in the script. It would seem that his time was short-lived in the universe of “Indiana Jones.”

Koepp said in the interview with Entertainment Weekly that it is for certain that Harrison Ford will be playing “Indiana Jones,” but Shia LaBeouf’s character is not in the film.

Shia LaBeouf won’t be back for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Koepp added that the film production could start soon, and he hopes that Steven Spielberg will make it his next project since he has directed every “Indiana Jones” films.

The schedule of production will depend on Harrison Ford, and if all goes well, to Spielberg.

Since the confirmation from Koepp, there had been speculations that Harrison Ford, who has played the role ever since would step down and pass his original part to a younger actor.

The basis of this speculation is rooted from the introduction of Mutt Williams in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull.” However, “Crystal Skull” was thoroughly criticized in the past, so the absence of Shia LaBeouf’s character for some isn’t surprising.

In an interview in 2010, after being criticized, Shia LaBeouf said that he feels as if he dropped the ball on the legacy that so many people cherished and loved. According to him, Ford wasn’t satisfied with the outcome of the film either.

Theatrical release

Koepp said that when the film production begins, the work will be endless and ongoing. The fans will remember that it was revealed in 2008 that Williams was Indiana’s biological son. In this upcoming sequel, however, Koepp said that his character would no longer figure.

Despite not having Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming franchise, Koepp said that Steven Spielberg is satisfied with the current outcome of the script.

Assumptions and theories from fans continue to arise. Some say that they are not surprised at all that LaBeouf’s character will not be in the film. Some jokingly say that Harrison Ford will still be a part of the film even when he’s 110 years old.

And since Indiana Jones’ biological son would not be the one to take over the role, some Indy fans say that maybe he has a niece or nephew that can take the role instead.

The fifth "Indiana Jones" movie will be released in theaters on July 10, 2020. Spielberg is attached to direct the franchise and Ford will be the professor-adventurer again.